Our scientists and R&D team work with nature to create versatile, bio-based and biodegradable products using waste natural by-products that allow them to be absorbed and metabolised by living organisms. With a range of products now available for the horticulture, viticulture and aquaculture industries, PolyNatural® is leading the way to a more sustainable future.
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Are PolyNatural® materials bio-based?
Yes. Both PolyNatural® Terrain and PolyNatural® Aqua are bio-based polymers. ‘Bio-based’ means it is made from biological materials that either occur naturally or are synthesized organic compounds that exist in nature. Often these biological materials come from waste streams of other manufacturing processes, or are synthesized organic compounds. All these are renewable resources, unlike those from fossil origin, which is not renewable.
Every stage of our process is designed to generate a positive impact on the environment. We use untapped resources, non-toxic ingredients.
As the PolyNatural® materials are both biodegradable and manufactured from biomass they have the great advantage of presenting a closed loop. C02 and H2O + the biomass from biodegradation feed the growth of plants that themselves could be transformed into bio material.
What is PolyNatural® Terrain?
PolyNatural® Terrain is a PolyNatural® material that has been tested to biodegrade over time in the right soil conditions as well as compost. It’s perfect for creating small, strong products that last as long as you need them to—and return to the earth when you don’t.Learn more
What is PolyNatural® Aqua?
PolyNatural® Aqua is a PolyNatural® material designed to biodegrade in marine and fresh water environments, as well as the right soil and compost, ideal in areas close to coastlines or wetlands.
This product is still in development. Get in touch to register your interest.Learn more
What testing has been done?
The raw material (not the product) that is used to make PolyNatural® has been tested to Ok Biobased and Ok Compost. We also do our own in house material as well to continue to develop PolyNatural® . To learn more about the chemistry see “What is the science around PolyNatural®
How long will PolyNatural® last?
Whether it’s made from PolyNatural® Terrain or PolyNatural® Aqua, because it’s manufactured out of biomass and designed to break down over time, it really does depend on the environment it’s in. We are always looking for feedback as to how your PolyNatural® products are going in which environment.
What do you do at the end of the life of a PolyNatural® product?
PolyNatural® Terrain will biodegrade and transform into CO2, water and biomass under certain temperature and environmental conditions (compost/soil/water), you can either put it in general waste or bury it in soil where it will break down and become part of the bio cycle for plant growth over and over again.
PolyNatural® Aqua can biodegrade in any of the following environments: marine, freshwater, soil, home or industrial compost, or general waste. The process in which PolyNatural® Aqua breaks down is similar to cellulose or wood. When kept in an environment with limited bacterial and fungi activity, the material will last for a long time. If that material is discarded into the environment or compost bin, it will be consumed by microorganisms that feed off the material as a carbon food source.
Should it be stored anywhere special to stop it accidentally biodegrading?
For both PolyNatural® Terrain and PolyNatural® Aqua, as soon as it comes into contact with microbes it will start to biodegrade. So when not in use, store in a cool dry environment.
Can PolyNatural® be recycled?
Yes, but only if you send it back to us at PolyNatural®. Before you send it please contact us. When its returned we can either use it as feedstock for the process or use it in the manufacturing process.
Can the PolyNatural® Terrain Vine clips & Ties be reused?
The bio degradation starts as soon as it makes contact with the ground and microbes. Our advice is not to try and re use them as they will not have the structural integrity.
What is the science around PolyNatural®?
The main raw material for PolyNatural® is made from a family of naturally occurring polymers which are synthesized by 40% of the worlds microorganisms. Microbes will consume PolyNatural® as an energy and carbon source.
PolyNatural® exerts no negative effect on the biosphere surrounding them (e.g., on living organisms, cell lines, living tissue, ecosystems). In fact, it acts act as energy/nutrition source to microorganisms and, therefore has a positive effect on the environment.
Factors that influence the rate of PolyNatural® biodegradability are the shape and thickness of the product. Environmental factors including humidity, pH-value, temperature, UV-radiation and surrounding microflora
The main raw material for PolyNatural® is manufactured from renewable resources, hence, they do not deplete limited fossil reserves. PolyNatural®’s material is truly circular; therefore, these biomaterials are an integral part of the closed carbon cycle of our planet; this means that when PolyNatural® bio degrades it does not further increase the atmospheric concentration of CO2 in analogy to other natural materials.
At PolyNatural® we believe nature is a taonga (treasure) that needs to be protected for generations to come. That’s why we understand the importance of making sure that anything that is added into the soil will breakdown and exert no negative effect on the biosphere. It's vital that we care for our soils as around 95% of the world's food is produced on soil.
Soil is a complex blend of organic matter, minerals, water, air, and microorganisms. Those microorganisms will use PolyNatural as a feed source and a healthy population of soil microbes can help reduce pathogens that cause plant diseases. Soil microorganisms also break down organic matter into nutrients that plants can use.
Organic matter in the soil can store water like a sponge. Soil rich in organic matter can store up to 30% of its weight in water. Soil contains 25% of our planet's biodiversity. Soil is able to filter and trap environmental pollutants, helping to prevent them from leaching into the groundwater.
Every product is different and development process depends on its purpose and the environment it’s used in. Partner with us to develop precisely the right material for your application.