The leading benchmark for Environmentally Responsible Products
ERP is an authentic and evidence based environmental approach to product development that is providing leadership for clients and addresses core environmental concerns.
We show a respect to our natural environment and aspire to minimise any detrimental impact our products make throughout their product life cycle to the natural systems on which we depend. ERP offers biodegradable and recyclable packaging options.
*ISO DIS15985 & ASTM D 5511-02 standard test performance to determine biodegradation of plastic packaging materials under hi-solids anaerobic – digestion simulating landfill conditions, independently conducted and analysed by Northeast Laboratories Inc, CT.
What defines an Environmentally Responsible Product?
An Environmentally Responsible Product (ERP™) is one that has been created from biodegradable materials and designed to be environmentally friendly. Every time you see the ERP™ logo, know that it is an environmentally responsible product made exclusively by Concept Amenities.
Where will I see an ERP™ logo?
Any product made by Concept Amenities that meets our environmental standards will be marked with the ERP™ logo. This means we have taken care in using environmentally friendly materials to make this product.
What materials are used in ERP™ ranges? And how do they work?
All plastic materials used in the packaging of an ERP™ product contain an organic based, additive. When added to common plastics as a raw material, it breaks down the molecular structure when exposed to a landfill environment. Essentially, any throw away plastic that contains this additive, will biodegrade* after it ends up in landfill.
How does it biodegrade* plastic?
It is a scientific process. The organic based, additive in the plastic synthesizes with other nutrients and allows microbes to enter the polymer chain once they secrete acids in oil to break it down into gas. Biodegradation* with this organic based, additive is a 100% organic process. As opposed to other bio plastic materials, which promote inorganic degradation of plastic materials.
I have seen other plastic additives on the market that also claim to biodegrade plastic. One of these is an Oxodegradable product. How is this additive different from yours?
Our product is a completely different from Oxo materials. While they are both additives, Oxo materials contain heavy metals. They add metal ions to the raw material of plastic to break it down. This is an inorganic degradation process whereas our additive based additive works with nutrients and is 100% organic. Also, Oxo materials emit harmful particles in the environment once the degradation process has started. So they are in fact, much more harmful to our planet.
Has any testing been done to confirm ERP™ products will work? Are they biodegradable* to meet any global standards?
Yes. Independent testing has been carried out by multiple third party sources. Northeast Laboratories conducted an ASTM test, which is a global standard test for biodegradability. Other sources include Georgia Tech University and the University of New Mexico. All testing showed that our organic based, additive falls within all EU directives.
Has there been further testing done?
Yes, we have also had ‘Gel Permeantation’ testing conducted and this test proves the molecular weight of the polymers has changed and that can only have happened due to the additive shortening the polymer chain length (the scissoring effect); this allows the product to break down in anaerobic landfill conditions.
What are the benefits of biodegradation in landfill?
Too much plastic waste ends up in landfill and global waste consumption is an enormous issue. Normal plastics are not biodegradable, therefore, they will forever stay in landfill. However, plastic from an ERP™ product will biodegrade under normal landfill conditions. It will not cause an issue for landfill waste in the long term.
How does this process compare with bio plastics made with starch (namely corn) that biodegrade in an industrial compositing site?
Cornstarch bio plastics do degrade under industrial composting. But the truth is, there are very few of these facilities available. In fact, there are zero industrial composting sites in Australia and only a small number in the USA. Industrial composting is more common in Europe, so logistically speaking; it is much harder to satisfy the course of the plastic materials back to nature.
Can ERP™ products be recycled?
Yes. All ERP™ products that currently meet recycling standards can still be recycled using local recycling facilities.
So how can I start using ERP™ in my hotel?
Speak to one of our Sales Managers for a consultation on how to convert your current bathroom guest amenities to a Concept Amenities ERP™ range. Choose from a selection of our brands or customize your own collection of ERP™ products and demonstrate your environmental commitment today!