Compostable Films

Mulch film waste is seeing increasing environmental concerns as well as greater grower costs for its disposal.
Truly Biodegradable mulch film offers growers the option to dispose mulch waste cost-effectively on-site by composting or ploughing, making it an environmentally friendly biomass - water and carbon dioxide.

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Imaflex Can-Eco mulches are made from certified plastic materials proven to meet international composting standards like Astm D6400 in the Usa or EN 13432 in Europe.  They are also expected to meet the criteria for the new European standard: EN 17033 " Biodegradable mulch films for use in agriculture and horticulture" 

Can-Eco mulches biodegrade faster in compost than in soil, because of the lack of oxygen in soil. The thinner the gauge, the smaller the area, the faster Can-Eco mulches will biodegrade. It is natural, because soil microorganisms can digest a massive tree buried in the soil 100-times faster if it is first shredded into wood chips. Therefore, Can-Eco mulches are recommended to be disked properly before ploughing to accelerate biodegradation in soil.

Although USDA organic regulations were amended to allow for the use of biodegradable biobased mulch films in organic crop production (79 FR 58655), check with your certifying agent prior to cultivating Can-Eco into the soil.

The thicknesses of Can-Eco mulches need to be selected for the growing period of the specific crop being produced  (e.g. for lettuce with an 8 week growing period: 0.5 mil film, or for large tomatoes with a 15 week growing period: 0.6 mil) to prevent biodegradation on the soil, which can cause holes or tears leading to the loss of plastic mulching benefits. The climatic conditions at the growing location also need to be taken into account when selecting the thickness of any biodegradable plastic mulch (e.g. a 0.6 mil Can-Eco film will last on the field without any breaks in the temperate climate of Michigan for 15 weeks, but may not in the humid subtropical climate of Florida). Therefore, it is recommended to add 0.1 mil for use in warmer and humid locations.


Imaflex experience shows that a choose thickness of Can-Eco will keep its integrity on the soil for a whole growing season and biodegrade in the soil during the next growing season.

Imaflex metalized Can-Eco increases bio-fumigant efficacy and additionally offers all the benefits of high-reflective metalized films.

Bacterial digestion of Can-Eco leaves only carbon dioxide, water, and biomass behind and in the case of metalized Can-Eco it adds to the aluminum minerals naturally present in top soil at 300,000 times higher amounts.

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