Plymouth Foam’s recent launch of Earthhide™ gained local attention. Earthhide™ is an eco-friendly, sustainable packaging option for a variety of industries including protective packaging, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, and appliance and OEM. To learn more about Plymouth Foam’s new business venture, please visit: www.pfearthhide.com.
The Review News featured an article:
“Earthhide is a new innovation that is meant to provide another environmentally friendly alternatives for our materials,” said David Bolland, Plymouth Foam president and CEO. “… Quite simply, it offers an alternative where we have customers, including consumers, that live in places that don’t offer readily recyclable options.”
Plymouth Foam manufactures particle foam products for a wide range of industries including food and beverage, construction, appliances and the medical field. With the Earthhide brand, Bolland said Plymouth Foam can now offer recyclable materials that are expected to break down in anaerobic landfills within a handful of years — depending on size and shape — instead of taking hundreds of years.
The company recognized a demand in the market and decided to take advantage.
“We’re looking at the new technologies in terms of the future and future market needs,” said Doreen Lettau, Plymouth Foam Vice President of Market and Business Development. “…We will be developing other solutions as well, so this is really the first of several.”
According to Plymouth Foam, Earthhide products will look the same as its others but carry a higher cost to produce and purchase.
Mark Schuh, vice president and general manager, said Earthhide products are compliant with the American Society for Testing and Materials’s testing standards.
“The material is American Society for Testing and Materials – ASTM D5511 compliant; a test designed to represent biodegradation in biologically active landfills,” Plymouth Foam said in an Aug. 4 press release. “In addition, the test determines the rate of anaerobic biodegradation of plastic materials in high solids anaerobic conditions in Landfills.
But at this point, Plymouth Foam said its Earthhide product line is in its infant stage.
“It’s a brand new material that was just launched so at this point very little (is being sold),” said Bolland. “The market will decide how much this becomes part of our Business.”
Plymouth Foam was founded in 1978.