MY NAME IS ROBERT POCIUS
I’ve been working in the print and packaging industry for over 35 years now. I started TekPak in 2002 because I wanted to see real change in my lifetime and I was disappointed by all the greenwashing that was – and still is – happening in my industry.
It doesn’t have to be that way. There are real solutions out there. We’ve found one of them.
Plastic itself is a revolutionary product, the problem it poses – however – is it’s end of life. We have a solution to that problem by returning it to nature safely and COMPLETELY.
I’m proud of what we’ve done, but this is just the beginning….
Our mission is simple – offer better packaging solutions. Better means more functional, sustainable and affordable. We’re not here to ‘greenwash‘ you or your customers. That’s why we spent 10 years researching the options and invested heavily in third party lab reports, field tested trials and our own – in-house – experiments.
But you don’t have to take our word for it, you can see for yourself.
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THE OMNIDEGRADABLE SOLUTION
PLA, Cello and Oxo-Bio. We found serious flaws and Green-washing in all of them. They all had timelines where they broke down and cracked or flaked on the store shelves. Some added non-Bio films to help keep them from falling apart too soon. So we searched for newer options.
We found one that showed great promise and had all the lab proof to back it up. The five year study tested for side effects in ; Soil, Delicate Plants and Insects. It found no harm even at high doses 50 times normal.
Our films are shelf stable for as long as you like. They only react with microbes found in Oceans and Anaerobic Landfill conditions (worst case scenario). The time frame to degrade is dependent on many factors, such as ; Gauge, Density and Type of Plastic as well as Microbial Activity of the site where it was disposed. A swamp in South Florida will be much faster than a Lake in Alaska. A 0.5 mil. Low Density Polyethylene film will degrade much faster than a 20 mil. High Density Polyethylene Shampoo bottle.
The organic additive, reacts with microbes to create an enzyme that can break the long-chain molecules in plastic into pieces small enough for the microbes to consume completely, thereby reverting to their original elements. They leave behind only Water, CO 2, and a small amount of Organic biomass, all beneficial to plant growth.
Our products do not depend on water, heat, sunlight or oxygen to degrade. They only rely on ever- present microbes in soil or water. This is why we call it Omnidegradable®.
All proven by Independent Lab Tests.
Sustainable Hamilton Burlington - Reporting Member
ASTM International - Voting Member
2017- 1Awards Finalist from FirstOntario Credit Union
2016- Environmental Innovation Award from Sustainable Hamilton Burlington (Sustainable Business Initiative (SBI))
2014- Innovators’ Den Award of Recognition from Rethink Sustainability Initiatives (RSI)
2012- Innovation Award from NRC – IRAP (Regional Awards for New Technology)