A FORWARD-THINKING carp company is doing its bit to tackle plastic pollution with its new range of biodegradable products.
Rig Marole UK is launching two biodegradable lead clips initially, but has also innovated new eco-friendly packaging that it hopes to extend to the entire range.
The move comes soon after Enterprise Tackle announced its famous immitation baits, including the brilliant sweetcorn, is switching to biodegradable material.
Rig Marole’s Dan Burke explained: “In early spring we will be releasing a new biodegradable lead clip in two designs.
“We are using vegetable-based wallets and backing cards from FCS (Food Contact Substances) sources, and we will be looking to change all products’ packaging to this in 2020.
“After seeing the shocking images regarding the plastic pollution in our seas and waterways on the BBC’s Blue Planet II, we at Rig Marole, like many other anglers, thought we should do something to ease the problem.
“Even though it will be only a small contribution, we feel that any difference is the right way to go.
“So we looked at the most commonly used plastic item in carp fishing end tackle, which is the lead clip.
‘Less danger’, insist Rig Marole
Dan explained: “Fortunately for us we have a great contact that supplies the NHS with biodegradable implants, such as pins, screws and plates for surgery, all of which break down in the body once they’ve done their job.
“With the information on the material used, it gave us the idea to utilise this product for our lead clips.
“The outcome is that they are strong enough to withstand any angling usage, but once in the water they are of less danger to wildlife, due to being totally biodegradable and eco-friendly.
“With testing, we believe they should start to break down in freshwater after approximately eight months.
“The material used is different from most thermoplastic polymers in that it is derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch or sugar cane.
“Most plastics, by contrast, are derived from the distillation and polymerization of
non-renewable petroleum reserves,” concluded Dan.
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