Certifications and Testing

ECOgrade bags have gone through extensive testing over a 2 year period before being brought to market. The results of these tests are:

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    Certification of photo-degradability. This test exposed an ECOgrade bag to the sun in an ASTM certified independent testing facility, operated by Q-lab Corporation, Homestead, FL. Test results confirmed per ASTM D5272 Standards: Product degrades in sunlight as illustrated in the lab photos below.

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    Toxicity Test Certification. Testing of the contents and residue has been conducted by two independent laboratories, both in Taiwan and in the US. The results certify that the content of heavy metals is not detectable or insignificant.

    Toxicity Testing, June 2009: Laboratory Chemical SGS, Taiwan, Ltd. Kaohsiung (Richard Tsui- Manager)

    • Arsenic: Not Detectable
    • Barium: 0.074 (low)
    • Cadmium: Not Detectable
    • Chromium: Not Detectable
    • Copper: Not Detectable
    • Mercury: Not Detectable
    • Lead: Not Detectable
    • Sulfur: Not Detectable
    • Nitrogen: Not Detectable
    • Chlorine: Not Detectable
  3. 3.

    Toxicity Testing of Residue

    • This test concluded that the metals test passed both Canadian and US limits for heavy metals using EPA methods and BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) requirements.
    • Conducted by Soil Control Laboratories, Watsonville, CA.
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    Accelerated photo degradation testing to ASTM 5208 standards

    • Conducted by the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India.
    • Proven photo degradation in an accelerated setting.