Oshenite® - natural, biorenewable, biocarbonate
Oshenite® is oolitic aragonite a mineral which is created naturally in the ocean as part of a unique ocean renewal cycle where microscopic sized bio matter such as plankton and algae are churned in carbonate rich waters forming oolites. These small oolites precipitate in infinite amounts forming sediment banks of ultra-pure calcium carbonate. Research studies indicate that the phenomenon produces vast amounts of the mineral (estimates are 20 million tons a year) For more info see the Research Abstract: Microbial Lime-Mud Production and Oshenite® - A Renewable Resource
Oshenite® - a perfect fit with a bioplastic strategy
As a naturally renewable, ocean sourced, high quality form of precipitated calcium carbonate, Oshenite® can provide a "foundation" for bioplastic resins and products.
Oshenite® enhances the ability of biobased plastics to compete with fossil fuel based materials. Specifically:
- The addition of Oshenite® to a bioplastic will help reduce overall material costs without sacrificing performance and lessens the need for non renewable components.
- Oshenite® speeds up degradation times due to the high PH factor and unique crystalline structure.
- As a product that is not used for other applications like some food or agricultural based bioplastics alternatives, there is no issue or controversy related to conflicting uses or applications.
- The renewable mineral deposit has 1 billion ton reserve of Oshenite® available get more info
- a bio renewable resource
- from microscopic marine matter
- replenishing constantly
Oshenite® one of three bio-based resins predicted to be a primary drivers of bioplastics demand through 2015...
"Another resin additive that can help reduce carbon footprints, Oshenite, produced by U.S. Aragonite, is a naturally occurring form of purified calcium carbonate that can be used for film and sheet extruding and thermoforming. Flexible Packaging Bioplastic Outlook Report "Sustainable Films and Substrates: Degradable or Recyclable?" by Felipe Sixto