Advantages of natural polymers
Why should I buy NaKu products?
Natural polymers produced by NaKu have numerous advantages over traditional material.
NaKu is non-toxic
Traditional polymers can emit pollutants like plasticisers (bisphenol A) to their surroundings. In contrast, all components of natural polymers are readily degradable in nature as well as in the human body. For instance, NaKu uses lactic acid which is naturally present in the human body.
Less risk for nature
Degradation of plants causes far less environmental damage than oil production and has a very small impact on natural cycles. Furthermore, it holds far less risk of damaging the environment if, for instance, a truck loaded with sugar or starch tips over in an accident than if this were to happen to an oil truck. Using renewable raw material instead of oil is therefore much safer for nature and our planet in multiple ways.
NaKu has lower CO2 emissions
Plants absorb CO2 from the atmosphere in the course of their growth. Natural polymers only releases as much CO2 during incineration and composting as was previously absorbed by the plants during photosynthesis. Using natural polymers therefore leads to much lower CO2 pollution in comparison to oil-based products.
NaKu saves the global oil resources
Oil is becoming scarcer and more expensive, but renewable materials are inexhaustible. They can regrow in a short period of time, are cultivated right on our doorstep, and therefore have short transportation routes.
Naku bags are recyclable
Ideally, the life cycle of a NaKu product should end with it being recycled. This is the most sustainable option and is therefore the direction we should strive for. Our plan is to have all out products recycled when they are worn out. They should then be collected, crushed, melted, and processed into new granules. With this recycled substance, new products could potentially be made once again via injection molding, extruding or blowing. At the moment, unfortunately, there is too little material for it to be collected.
NaKu means upcycling
NaKu fervently tries to use waste substances from production processes as a raw material for our natural polymers. The development of the “sunflower display” was a great leap forward: the upcycling of sunflower husks from sunflower oil production was a successful approach to utilizing incidental waste substances in plastic production. The creation of biopolymers using only waste products is an important step in the direction of globally reducing waste.
Biopolymer is an additional source of income for European farmers
European agriculture is notoriously characterized by overproduction. Farmers are subsidized for leaving fields idle. But the cultivation of corn, potatoes and grain for the production of natural polymers made from starch provides an additional source of income for the farmers.
NaKu decomposes in nature
In a waste disposal site, natural polymers are exposed to bacteria which feed on and facilitate the decomposition of the starch. Depending on the thickness, weather conditions, temperature, and the amount of bacteria, the rotting process of biopolymers can take from about eight weeks to several months. Our natural polymers eventually revert to their original biomass.
NaKu bags can be used as compost bags
How do you dispose of your componstable waste? Compost bags made of paper soak through quickly, leave stains, and can be uncomfortable for the consumer. Bags of natural polymer can hold fluid componstable waste and don’t get soaked through. Just knot it and put it on the compost heap! So if your NaKu bag starts to look unpleasant after multiple uses, you can still put it to good use as a compost bag.
NaKu bags are breathable and keep groceries fresh for a longer period of time
Our biogenic packaging made of natural polymer is especially breathable. Packed baked goods, fruit and vegetables stay fresh for a longer period of time in a breathable environment and tend not to grow moldy too quickly. Both the material quality and the production process of the NaKu bags have been perfected over the years, so the bags provide an ideal climate for the storage of food. Taste, appearance and weight of the groceries do not change during storage. This means you can maintain the quality of your groceries and prevent them from being thrown away.
NaKu bags act as carrier bags and are made of natural polymer
NaKu bags are durable and tear-resistant. You can store them to save space and they can be used multiple times. At the end of their life cycle they can be composted or recycled.
NaKu bags have multiple uses
Only one in five traditional plastic bags is used a second time before it is thrown away. The NaKu bag is a versatile product. First, you can use it to carry your groceries and products home, just like you’d do with any other plastic bag. After that you can use it again and again as a fresh-storage bag. You can also wash the NaKu bag; just avoid putting it in contact with mold. At the end of its life cycle, when the bag starts to lose its attractive appearance, it can still be used as a compost bag that breaks down and richens the humus of the soil and becomes a breeding ground for new plants to grow.