All stakeholders, companies, recycling companies and consumers face the same challenge: save the planet.
PLASTIKS allows Single Use Packaging (SUP) producers and recyclers to connect to guarantee that the production of plastic will not end up in the environment.
They also share the same objectives to preserve capital and generate revenue.
The objectives are related, but lack any tangible, traceable and measureable connection between them.
As consumers and companies are the drivers of sustainability, tracking and monetizing single use packaging, recovery and recycling can enable consumers and companies to engage in sustainable production and consumption.
The PLASTIK platform under development is a blockchain based platform to track and create accountability for Single Use Packaging production and consumption.
The blockchain based platform will connect to EXISTING information systems that are being used by companies who are producers and by waste recovery and recycling companies.
The PLASTIKS platform will provide smart contract approach to track single use packaging:
The role of the plastiks platform is to be a blockchain powered bridge between single Use Packaging, Producers, Waste Recovery and Recycling Companies and Consumers
Plastiks can track and monetize Single Use Packaging Data
PET is commonly used in commercially sold water bottles, soft drink bottles and condiment bottles. Generally considered a ‘safe’ plastic, it does not contain BPA, but can leach antimony (metalloid found in food and beverages) in the presence of heat. Lightweight, transparent, sinks in water and resistant to corrosion.
Manufactured from Ethylene. Commonly used in milk and juice bottles, freezer bags, cereal box liners, shampoo bottles and detergents and supermarket bags. Sounds like cellophane and crackles when crumpled. Mostly coloured. When incinerated, the plasticizers (added to the plastic for extra flexibility) release toxins into the air we breathe that can be harmful to fetuses.
More versatile plastic, 43% crude oil, 57% salt. A natural insulator, used in floor insulation, pipes, wiring, food packaging, toys, IV blood bags and credit cards. Highly durable and highly resistant to corrosion. Contains a phthalate called DEHP added for flexibility that is harmful to the thyroid, liver and lungs and has hormone disruption properties.
LDPE is used in black bin bags, bubble wrap, cling film, bread bags, disposable utensils and hot and cold beverage cups. More elastic and flexible than HDPE and mostly transparent. Easy to produce but difficult to print or paste onto. Good resistance to low temperatures and excellent electrical insulation properties. Does not contain BPA but can leach estrogenic chemicals.
Rigid and partially crystalline, used in packaging for cookies, crisps, screw caps, soft drink bottles, microwavable dishes, straws, lunch boxes and deli food containers. Has a high tolerance to heat, so does not leach many of the other chemicals that other plastics do.
Also known as styrofoam, this is used for take out cups and plates and supermarket meat trays. Polystyrene can leach styrene, a suspected carcinogen, especially in the presence of heat.
Any plastic that doesn’t fit into the above groups, versatile material, transparent thermoplastic similar to glass but lighter and more resistant to breakage.
Commonly used in protective packaging, fiberglass, medical products, baby bottles, car lights and glasses. Likely to leach BPA and/or BPS, both potent endocrine disruptors linked to interfering with mood, growth, development, sexual function, reproductive function and puberty.