MSDS note for Oasis Maxlife Biodegradable Floral Foam from Smithers Oasis® Australia
Below is some useful information sent to us by Smithers-Oasis Australia in regards to the Material Safety Data Sheet for the Oasis Maxlife Biodegradable Floral Foam:
"OASIS® Enhanced Bio Maxlife Floral Foam is the result of a proprietary formula created and produced by Smithers-Oasis. Since the formula is confidential, we are not able to share differences in formulations among various foams, though we can tell you that OASIS® Enhanced Bio Maxlife Floral Foam’s formulation is designed for modern landfills and attracts microbes that break the foam down into methane, CO2, and organic matter. (“Biodegradation” is the process of breaking down molecules by microbes, leaving behind methane gas, CO2 and/or organic matter. The entire mass must be broken down into these three components to be considered biodegradable.)
We can also explain the differences in the OASIS® Floral Foams that we offer from a biodegradable standpoint. A typical brick of OASIS® Floral Foam, like other brands of floral foam, can be reduced to sand-like granules and is environmentally neutral with no harmful effects. This degradation occurs over an unknown period of time, potentially more than 100 years.
In contrast, OASIS® Enhanced Bio Maxlife Floral Foam has been shown to biodegrade 100 percent within 567 days in biologically active landfill conditions. Biodegradation begins when the floral foam is put into dirt and comes in contact with microbes. This process will accelerate in a modern landfill. This testing was conducted following ASTM D5511 to biodegrade 100 percent within 567 days in biologically active landfill conditions.
ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards-developing organizations in the world. ASTM is a not-for-profit organization that provides a forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Their independent, standardized testing methods allow us to make qualified claims about the biodegradability of our products. With many companies offering 'green' products it has become confusing for consumers to distinguish a genuinely green product and its substantiated claims. ASTM tests are recognized internationally as the benchmark and, specifically, the ASTM D5511 is a test performed by an independent laboratory to verify claims of biodegradability in anaerobic conditions."