#INVISIBLEBAG 101 | We Care About the EnvironmentProduct Usage, Storage & Customization#INVISIBLEPOOBAG | #INVISIBLEPUFF


#INVISIBLEBAG 101

#INVISIBLEBAG is water-soluble, compostable, biodegradable, proven to be non-toxic and leaves no harmful residue on earth. It does not contain PP, PE, PS, PVC plastic, proven by the FTIR analysis, does not form microplastic. It is an alternative solution for manufacturers and brands to replace the conventional plastic packaging.

#INVISIBLEBAG is made of a water-soluble and biodegradable combination of Polyvinyl Alcohol (known as PVA), starch, glycerin and water. We also use eco-friendly ink, which does not contain heavy-metal ions or benzene. Proven non-toxic, #INVISIBLEBAG does not have chronic toxicity or estrogen, and is non-harmful to the environment.

One of the primary ingredients, Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVA), is a water-soluble and biodegradable synthetic polymer. It was invented in the 1920s by German Scientists, Hermann and Haehne by hydrolyzing polyvinyl acetate in ethanol with potassium hydroxide. It was first industrially produced in Japan, and has mostly been used for medical purposes, embroidery, garment, personal applications, agricultural films and more since the 1960s, such as medicine capsules and laundry detergent pods.

We recommend dissolving it in 80℃ hot water or above. Simply put the bag in a container and pour boiling water on top, after a few minutes it will have dissolved. After the dissolution, you can pour the remaining liquid down the drain where the wastewater will be treated at a sewage plant. After being consumed by microorganisms, it will completely break down to only carbon dioxide and water, with no formation of microplastics. #INVISIBLEBAG also dissolves in cold or room temperature water, but at a slower rate. 


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We have completed the FTIR analysis, proven that #INVISIBLEBAG does not contain PP, PE, PS, PVC Plastic.

We have partnered up with various experts in the fields of chemistry and engineering, and according to literature, PVA is recognized as a water-soluble and biodegradable synthetic polymer. This means it is water soluble and is also able to be biodegraded by microorganisms, breaking down into carbon dioxide and water with no trace of microplastics.

So what happens when #INVISIBLEBAG dissolves?

Once it is dissolved and the solution has been poured down the sink or toilet, the remaining residue continues to breakdown via microorganisms in our water treatment facilities. Other conventional plastic polymers (PP, PE, PS, PVC) may biodegrade but this process can take decadesssss and even then, they will fragment into microplastics, which end up in our oceans and waterways.

#INVISIBLEBAG is non-toxic proven by EEQ and OECD 208 tests; whilst the FTIR analysis also shows that it does not contain PP, PE, PS, PVC plastic. In the EEQ test, our bags show no estrogenic activity and are confirmed to be environmentally safe, with no trace of harmful elements to humans, animals or nature.

We appointed Vitargent to perform the tests on #INVISIBLEBAG, a biotechnology lab testing company based in Hong Kong. Their EEQ test uses modified medaka embryos with jellyfish DNA, which is cruelty free, to detect the environmental estrogens and chronic toxicity.

 

#INVISIBLEBAG has been tested under ASTM D5511 requirements to determine the anaerobic biodegradation of #INVISIBLEBAG under high-solids anaerobic-digestion conditions and the result shows more than 85% biodegradation in 90 days.

#INVISIBLEBAG is proven to biodegrade 85% - 95% after a 90 day period under high-solids anaerobic-digestion conditions, which was certified by the US Standard ASTM D5511. It is also certified compostable according to the US Standard ASTM D6400 and the European Standard EN13432.

The ASTM D5511 determines whether a material is biodegradable under high-solids anaerobic-digestion conditions. The result shows more than 85% biodegradation in 90 days.

While the ASTM D6400 is the North American equivalent of the European EN 13432, any material certified with ASTM D6400 and EN13432 is compostable, whereby 90% or more of the material will be converted to carbon dioxide (CO2) by microorganisms within 180 days in ideal composting conditions. No harmful residues are left behind and the remaining share is converted into water and biomass.

We use environmentally friendly ink containing no heavy metals, benzene or ketone. The estrogen equivalent (EEQ) test confirmed our ink to be environmentally safe and non-toxic. Be aware of excessive rubbing may cause the ink to run.

Since #INVISIBLEBAG is water-soluble, it does not enter the recycling program. Our bags can be reused before being dissolved in hot water or via composting (if there are industrial composting facilities in your city) in order to reduce your carbon footprint.

Here at Invisible Company headquarter, we all actively make the effort in our day to day lives to reduce our individual carbon footprint. When it comes to production, some carbon emissions are unavoidable (as is the case when creating almost any product) so we try to offset our bags’ carbon footprint as much as possible in various ways, such as by supporting foundations which give back to the Earth, making responsible lifestyle changes, and by creating an active community of Ploggers to pick up trash in nature.


Product Usage, Storage & Customization

We recommend only carrying dry items. Avoid putting wet items such as liquids, meat, seafood, frozen food and such. The load capacity depends on the thickness and specifications of #INVISIBLEBAG. Our standard #INVISIBLEBAG Shopping Bag (25cm x 45cm) is 30 microns which can carry about 3-4 kgs worth of dry items.

When compared with general plastic bags (typically 15-20 microns),  #INVISIBLEBAG has high tensile strength as strong as plastic due to its material characteristics.

In order to keep #INVISIBLEBAG in good condition, it is delivered with protective outer packaging (please reuse and recycle it), if outer packaging is not opened, shelf life is up to 24 months.

When #INVISIBLEBAG is packed with your product, it is suggested to store in a clean room with good air circulation and natural ventilation. We suggest storing it in a temperature range between: 7°C~30°C, humidity: 20%~70%. If stored in the suggested conditions, shelf life is up to 24 months.

As #INVISIBLEBAG is water-soluble and hydrophilic, please remember not to expose it to rain and carry an umbrella to protect both the bag and its carried items. When it meets condensation or light raindrops, the bag will not break apart abruptly, however, its tensile strength will be slowly decreasing.

A small splash of fresh water will not affect the loading capacity (3-4 kg in normal conditions), though its appearance will look softened and wrinkled. But if exposed to heavy rain, its strength and structure will quickly weaken and will tear apart.

Yes, it is. Sizes, colours and printing design are customizable. The MOQ is 150kg of the material so the quantity will depend on  size and thickness selected. It takes 5-6 weeks from product design to finished goods.

Please contact us to get quotation or visit our customization page for more details.

It is a sad but true fact that plastic products are cheap to make and therefore cheap to sell. This is mainly due to the maturity of the industry (plastic started getting popular in the swinging 60s) and the fact that plastics are made from easily mass produced raw ingredients. By comparison, environmentally friendly products are still considered to be the new kids on the block and so have higher production costs, are made from more costly materials and still require strict certifications and extensive scientific research.

By becoming Distinctive Actors and switching to genuine environmentally friendly alternatives, like #INVISIBLEBAG, you not only reduce the amount of plastic entering our environment, but also increase the demand for such products which will help to lower overall costs. Follow us on our Instagram @invisiblecompany_ to stay up to date with our news and when we might be releasing new products!


#INVISIBLEPOOBAG

Firstly, #INVISIBLEPOOBAG is slightly thinner (27micron). Secondly, its ideal temperature to dissolve in for the fastest rate is 65℃, where as our #INVISIBLEBAG (transparent poly bag) dissolves at 80℃ and is a tad thicker (30 micron). Both bags will also dissolve in room temperature water, just at a slower rate.

#INVISIBLEPOOBAG is certified compostable according to the US Standard ASTM D6400 and the European Standard EN13432. However, since pet waste (e.g., dog or cat feces) might contain parasites, bacteria and pathogens, most industrial composting facilities do not accept it. Please check with your local council for further information.

The ideal way to dispose of #INVISIBLEPOOBAG and its contents is to trash it (where it will biodegrade in anaerobic conditions) or to flush it.

Livestock waste can be composted and transformed into useful soil conditioner or fertilizer. However, it must be stressed that the use of this form of compost is mainly for landscaping, golf course and race course maintenance, and the horticulture industry.

#INVISIBLEPOOBAG is certified compostable according to the US Standard ASTM D6400 and the European Standard EN13432. However, since pet waste (e.g., dog or cat feces) might contain parasites, bacteria and pathogens, most industrial composting facilities do not accept it. Please check with your local council for further information.

The ideal way to dispose of #INVISIBLEPOOBAG and its contents is to trash it (where it will biodegrade in anaerobic conditions) or to flush it.

As #INVISIBLEPOOBAG is water-soluble and hydrophilic, remember not to expose them to rain for a long time. If your bag does meet condensation or light raindrops it will not break apart abruptly, however its tensile strength will be slowly decreasing.

If you're unable to dispose of your pet poo bag and must carry it for a while, causing the waste to condensate or if your pet's waste is a bit...messy then it is possible the bag will significantly weaken. If this is the case, we recommend lining your bag with some eco-friendly tissue before picking up the poo and disposing of it in a pet waste bin.

Firstly, do not knot or tie the #INVISIBLEPOOBAG before flushing and only ever flush one bag at a time. If you are worried your toilet system will struggle, you could dispose of your bags in designated pet waste bins. We do not recommend using #INVISIBLEPOOBAG if your home is using a septic tank system.

Great news, offline shoppers! Besides our online shop, you can now find #INVISIBLEPOOBAG at the physical stores of our distinctive partners around Hong Kong; including Green Common, Green 360, Petpet Organic, Wise Pet and Common Room 337. Find the nearest store from our 'Where to buy' page here.

#INVISIBLEPUFF

So many different kinds! Ranging from dainty jewellery to smart gadgets, our #INVISIBLEPUFF packing peanuts are made from corn starch and glycerin, meaning they do not carry any electrostatic charge (unlike styrofoam peanuts) so even your sensitive electrical products can be safely packed.

Yes! As #INVISIBLEPUFF packing peanuts are just a composite made out of cornstarch and glycerin, they will most definitely biodegrade in landfill conditions. Now you may wonder, how come a plastic cup made of corn starch (PLA) can’t degrade in a landfill? PLA is a biobased plastic polymer that is made via a more complex process that gives it more resistance to be used as a commercial material. This however, means that they require specific high temperatures and conditions in order to fully biodegrade.

 

The water-soluble packing peanuts may become a little sticky in very humid conditions, but they will not damage your products!

Our little pieces of water-soluble #INVISIBLEPUFF are a bit softer than regular polystyrene peanuts, we recommend adding a few layers of #INVISIBLEPUFF underneath or around your product, particularly when it comes to heavy items.