Euthabag and the Environment
Did you know that animals are cremated along with the bag they were transported in to the crematorium? The majority of crematoriums do not remove animals from their transport bag prior to incineration. Therefore, it is important that we are environmentally conscious on what these bags are comprised of.
Can Euthabag be buried?
Yes. The cover contains no heavy metals or chemical components that can contaminate the soil. It is for this reason that the recycled material we use is post-consumer and not industrial.
Is Euthabag biodegradable?
Most animals will be cremated and not buried.
Euthabag is not biodegradable in the short term. The speed of deterioration of Euthabag was not the priority because the skeleton of the animal will persist for decades or more. In the event that the site is excavated, voluntarily or not, by a human being or an animal, it is essential that the remains are at least contained in a bag.
Our primary concern for the environment, is that the bag contains no heavy metals or chemicals that can contaminate the soil. It is for this reason that the material we use is post-consumer recycled material (PCRM) and not industrial-recycled.
More plastic is available on the market then what we can use. We believe Euthabag is a good way to reuse this plastic that is already in our environment.
It is important to note that several animal burial products on the market have claimed to be comprised of ‘Biodegradable matter’ which is often comprised of transgenic corn starch and which unfortunately deals extensively with pesticides. Additionally, these fabrics will not be as tough/resistant as those used for Euthabag.
In 2016, ongoing biodegradability studies in a tropical and temperate environment were started for Euthabag. Findings after 8 months revealed that the animals’ skeleton was dry and totally devoid of flesh. It was also discovered that necrophagous insects had pierced the Euthabag in 6 places to carry out their work.
In the temperate climate of Quebec, the bodies of 2 cats were buried in Euthabag in the summer of 2016.
In the fall of 2018, the bodies were exhumed and found totally devoid of flesh but not totally dry. The skeleton and part of the skin were present.
One bag was intact and the other one had 2 holes probably made by necrophagous insects. Different factors come in play on the way a body will decompose:
The body score
The health condition
The nature of the soil
Families who want to bury their pet should be informed that:
1) The bag wont biodegrade on the short to medium term as it is made of polymer. It is primarily designed for transportation of the body to his final destination whether cremation or burial
2) The family can decide to bury his pet in the Euthabag or not depending on their belief, priority and local legislation (ex: Florida requires a leakproof bag for burial)
3) If Euthabag is used for burial, the zipper enclosure can be left open on one inch to facilitate the access to necrophagous insects and the exit of humidity.
Euthabag is ecological.
Since the vast majority of Euthabags will end their lives in incineration, it was imperative that they didn’t contain PVC or chlorinated compounds nor produce dioxins or furans at incineration.
Euthabag is made of 100% polypropylene (PP) nonwoven fabric made with post-consumer recycled material* laminated with a polymer to be leakproof, a resin zipper enclosure and resin rosin glue.
Compared to the plastic bags used currently, Euthabag is more ecological because it is made of recycled material versus virgin raw oil for most commonly used plastic bags. Garbage bags are made of PE. Compared to PE, PP produces less solid waste when cremated or buried but both of them produce carbon dioxyde and carbon monoxyde.
PP can be recycled endlessly.
The glue used in Euthabag is made from up to 50% of resin Rosine (a vegetal) and 50% polymer resin (styrene butadiene), which is considered a synthetic rubber. This mixture forms a powerful adhesive free of volatile organic compounds.
The white screen printing ink used is water-based.
*post-consumer recycled materials (PCRM) used in Euthabag contains no heavy metals, unlike that of industrial-recycled material. The proportion of PCRM in Euthabag varies between 10 and 40% depending on the size: the higher the percentage of PCRM, the more fragile the fabric becomes. Our long-term goal at Euthabag is to find a solution where we can increase this proportion of recycled material while maintaining the products strength.
5 ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS of using Euthabag:
It contains post-consumer recycled material (no heavy metals).
The bag contains no PVC or chlorinated compounds that can leach into the environment.
The remains are contained.
The glue and ink that are used are safe for the environment.
If buried: The Necrophagous insects and microorganisms have access to the remains to decompose the body and eliminate the body fluids.