Our definition represents a milestone within consumer protection and on the market in general: For the first time in history all synthetics are excluded when certified as plastic-free. Plastics is a material wich is constantly changing in composition and formulation according to its specific use. Therefore, naming those new plastic types can disguise plastics in products which therefore easily misleadsthe consumer. Flustix excludes among others materials such as Polyethylene (PE), Polypropylen (PP), Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Polystyrene (PS) oder Polyethylene terephthalat (PET).
Due to their broad variety of properties, plastics are being used in a continously growing scope of application: These includes among others Elastomere, Thermoplastics, Duroplast, and Bioplastics as well as mixed plastics and microbeads. Exceptions regarding the microbeads are liquid and water-soluble plastics, which are hardly detected analytically according to the current state of technology.
The word “plastic-free product” means exactly that, and nothing else. This is how Flustix wants to avoid confusion and greenwashing through the use of alternative terminology when defining synthetics.
Plastics generally enters the environment through littering. When exposed to a variety of environmental impacts, sun, wind, fraction, plastic fragments into smaller particles. The smaller such particles, the higher its toxicity. Firstly, compounds such as bisphenol A are being washed out of their origin and can easily enter the organism of humans and animals. The smaller a plastic particle is, the larger its surface. This is how microplastic and plastic residue becomes increasingly dangerous and toxic over time because a large surface allows plastic particles top become a magnet for bacteria, contaminants and toxins.