Eco film is a broad term for a type of film that completely degrades in cool water. The material is interesting because it is water soluble but is otherwise very similar to PVC (polyvinyl chloride) which makes it suitable for a wide range of uses especially because other liquids such as fats and detergents do not affect it’s structure. You may have actually encountered this as it is the most popular wrapping on detergent capsules. The plastic is mostly stable but has a few issues and isn’t as stable PVC but is a lot better for the environment.

Features

  • Degrades in water at cool temperatures
  • Does not degrade when exposed to oil, fats and other liquids.
  • Environmentally friendly

Constraints

  • Corrosion can happen over long exposure to moist environments.
  • Not good for long term storage even in dry environments.

 

Manufacture & Fabrication

Can be purchased in a thin film similar to that of stretchy polyvinyl chloride, there are other options as it can be sourced as grains to be cast in limited thermosetting processes.

Durability & Sustainability

The material has some limitations when it comes to endurance, in moist environments it will quickly start to corrode and even in dry environments it only has a shelf life of up to six months.

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