Since the very beginning Opolis knew it wanted to develop a collection that would complement its StokedPlastic™ Collection and its commitment to the environment. By using the very best bio-acetate we’ve accomplished just that. With the introduction of this amazing collection we are not only able to provide our customers with a premium product but a product that doesn’t hurt the environment.
The Right Kind of Materialistic.
Mother Nature can't pick favorites, but we're pretty sure that she'd have a soft spot for our Bio-Acetate collection. Sustainably speaking, it's far kinder to our oceans and shores than traditional acetate. Under the right soil conditions, it even biodegrades.
But don’t worry, not sooner than you’d like.
As verified by the Belgian Organic Waste System Institute, this form of bio-acetate biodegrades in 115 days in landfills. Under normal circumstances, it can take plastics upwards of 400 YEARS to decompose completely.
Acetate vs Bio-Acetate
Wake up and smell the acetate! Acetate is the main hardware ingredient in most high-end eyewear. Although durable and picturesque, its roots are far from green…
To make acetate, you need plasticizers: a substance often added to materials to make them more pliable. Unfortunately, plasticizers are petroleum-based. The material itself is not only harmful to the environment, but requires an increased CO2 output within its production. Now, as a growing number of companies have started to work green initiatives into their business models, they’re looking for a way to pivot.
Acetate’s back, baby – this time with a twist. And fewer carbon emissions! Enter Bio-Acetate, a group of plant-based polymers made from natural materials such as hemp, red pulp, and cotton seeds. From these sources, the purest parts are extracted and turned into a powder, unlike acetate’s oil-based derivatives. Through the amazing efforts of our supplier, we have found a way to replace phthalate-based plasticizers with organic additives.
Does this make Bio-Acetate the be-all, end-all of sustainable materials? Of course not. But it is a move in the right direction. And at Opolis, we are in it for the long haul.