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Degradable plastic manufacturer partners with top hotel group

NH Hotels, the third largest business hotel chain in Europe, has launched an environmental initiative with Symphony Environmental Technologies to demonstrate the advantages in using degradable plastics.

Owner of three premium hotels in London, NH Hotels and degradable plastic specialist Symphony, plan to show companies in the hotel and catering sectors the environmental benefits of oxo-biodegradable plastic over non-biodegradable plastic.

The d2w additive is used in Symphony’s degradable plastic, which when added to most ordinary plastics alters their behaviour  and gives them the properties of oxo-biodegradable plastics. This  allows manufacturers to design how long they wish the plastic to last until it begins to degrade from as little as a few months up to five years.

Symphony Environmental Technologies chief executive Michael Laurier said: “The NH group’s decision to specify d2w for its hotels and offices to launch it green initiative is a demonstration of its confidence in this form of degradable technology.”

NH Hotels hopes that converting all of its hotels’ plastics to Symphony’s degradable plastic will help it reach its aim to be one of the world’s greenest hotel groups. Shampoo bottles, laundry bags, carrier bags, bin liners and branded packaging in all NH hotels will be made from Symphony’s degradable plastic.

NH Hotels chairman and chief executive Gabriele Burgio said: “As one of Europe’s greenest hotel groups, NH Hotels is already setting extremely high standards of environmental protection.”

Biodegradable plastic is a big issue in the plastics industry, as some believe it would cause problems to the normal plastic stream if it were to ever contaminate it. Furthermore, a recent report by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs concluded that oxo-degradable plastics may not be as environmentally friendly as they seem because they cannot be composted if they take longer than six months to degrade.

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