We find “green washing”, the practice of making erroneous, flawed or fraudulent claims of biodegradability, deplorable. At H3 we pride ourselves on being honest and transparent. We give people the facts to make informed decisions. While others make unsubstantiated claims, H3 assures biodegradability and sustainability. That is why H3 Sustainability can be held to a higher standard, because our products are the standard!

Biodegradability Validations:

  • ASTM D 5511 Standard Test Method for Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under High-Solids Anaerobic Digestion Conditions
  • ASTM D5526 Standard Test Method for Determining Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under Accelerated Landfill Conditions

Independent 3rd party testing has shown up to 24.7% biodegradation of plastic products made with the H3 additive within 160 days in optimized conditions. Actual rate of biodegradation will vary dependent upon environmental conditions and the biological activity of microorganisms surrounding the plastic.

LABWORKS Mansfield, MA 02048 LabWorks is an ISTA certified and ISO compliant laboratory with over 30 years’ experience in package development and testing, LabWorks is recognized for quality and accurate testing performed to ISTA, ASTM, FDA and UL standards.

Eden Research Laboratory Albuquerque, NM 87107 Eden Research laboratory, headed by microbiologist Thomas Poth, is a specialized independent testing facility focusing on determination of rate of biodegradation of manufactured products through ASTM testing methods.

Northeast Laboratories, Inc Berlin, CT 06037 North East Laboratories holds licenses and certification from the FDA, USDA, EPA, NELAP, State of CT and NY. NE Labs is utilized and trusted by The US Federal Government and DOD. Their employees are members of AAPS, IFT, AOAC, AWWA, AIHA and IAMFES.

Recyclability Validations:

Unlike OXO, PLA and other products claiming biodegradability, H3 plastic products are 100% recyclable causing no harm to the process.

Haze and Transmission via ASTM D 1003B
Intrinsic Viscosity via ASTM D 4603
Acetaldehyde via ASTM F 2013
Fluorescence Visual
Visual Black Specks and Gels

Other Validations:

Complies with FDA Title 21 CFR 177.1350
Complies with FDA Title 21 CFR 177.1520
Complies with FDA Title 21 CFR 177.1630
Complies with FDA Title 21 CFR 184
Complies with California Prop 65
Environmentally safe / Non-toxic per RAL GZ 251
No hazardous substances under SARA 311/312
No chemical reportable under SARA 313
Not specifically listed by the EPA as hazardous waste (40 CFR Part 2610)
All components comply with TSCA

If you’d like further information on any of the above tests and validations please Contact Us and we’d be happy to provide more detail.

Our plastic products naturally biodegrade in landfills…where over 90% of plastics end up!