Our current “snow” is made from a recycled plastic that has already had one use, it is used in our snowglobe, which as long as kept clean can be constantly reused. When the product is no longer needed it can be recycled again for a third use as a different product. Although it is not a plastic which will degrade in a way which is environmentally acceptable in todays climate, it is a product which is reused and can be reused again by our end users. In short, it is not a single use plastic.
We have been researching for a biodegradeable and compostable snow. Starch based ‘plastics’ have extremely specific ‘break down’ conditions which mean they will NOT break down in water and thus once it gets into a water source, is just as damaging as traditional plastic. It requires a temperature of 50 degrees C and UV light to degrade in an acceptable time. It also emits Methane when degrading which is a gas more damaging than carbon dioxide. It is unfortunately a product which does not meet the standard we are looking for and currently, have not found a product of which is better for the environment than our current recycled, recyclable product.
Working with our suppliers we are constantly looking for a new and better ingredient to use, but at this time wanted to assure you that in our opinion, when weighing up all the options, the “snow” we use is the most environmentally acceptable version currently on the market.