Our footwear is made using a combination of natural rubber and BMZ Bio-Foam®. This includes an organic additive that enhances the bio-degradation process through a series of chemical and biological processes when disposed of in a biologically active landfill.
Here for a good time, not a long time!
When placed in a biologically active landfill (not available in all areas, you might need to contact your local council to find your nearest one), the ingredients in our footwear bases allow for the formation of a coating (called “biofilm”) on the surface. The biofilm is made up of microbes which penetrate the footwear, while other ingredients work together to expand the molecular structure, in turn making room for microbes. The microbes then send out chemical signals (their way of communicating), to attract additional microbes to the site. Once all of the microbes have been assembled, they collectively feast on the polymer chains, breaking down the chemical bonds of the product at an accelerated rate.
This additive differs from other “degradable plastic additives” available in the market today, mainly because it is the leading additive which produces methane (a critical component of enhanced bio-degradation in an anaerobic environment), which can be recaptured and used as a source of renewable energy. Read more about this in ‘a student’s guide to Global Climate Change’
We will continue to publish results here and you can also view more in-depth information on the Bmz Bio-Foam® biodegradation process here.
This implies is that our manufacturers and suppliers are also held to a strict code of keeping an audit trail on all the materials used in our manufacturing process – guaranteeing that our products always stay animal cruelty-free… just the way we like them!
The material of the straps can be recycled up to 8 times (depending on the application), because the recycling process does not measurably decrease the chain length of PVC molecules.
Why should you have to pay $2.20 to get them back to us you ask? Just do it… and we’ll give you $5 off your next purchase.
e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know if you would like to send your broken straps back.