Chemrez adopts eagle ‘Biomate’

Advocating green solutions to the worldwide problem of global warming and climate change, Chemrez Technologies, Inc. adopts for five years one Philippine eagle at the Philippine Eagle Center (PEC) in barangay Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City.
Jun Lao, Chemrez managing director, signed a five-year adoption commitment with Dennis Salvador, executive director of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF) last February 9.
The female of a natural pair considered as the most prolific among eagles in the conservation breeding program of PEF, this eagle was named Biomate, a predegradant additive which makes polyethylene and polypropylene plastic bags biodegradable.
A green product produced by the Chemrez group, Biomate is certified by the ASTM International, an international voluntary standards development organization, and the Industrial Technology Development Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.
First in Colours (FIC) market specialist Dennis D. Bernardo said that locally produced Bionate,  manufactured using an active ingredient made in Japan, will take plastic bags as “oxo-biodegradable” in two steps.
“The plastic bags will undergo two stages. First, they will fragment as they undergo oxidation. In two years, mawawala na sila sa environment. They will subsist into carbon dioxide, water, etc.,” Bernardo said. “During oxidation, bonded elements that make up plastic bags will be broken into ordinary elements which will be consumed by micro-organisms during biodegradation.”
This predegradant additive is added to the ingredients of plastic bags making them biodegradable and non-toxic such as those being used and promoted at SM City malls and other establishments in Metro Manila, he added.
“Biomate, the eagle, was turned over to the PEF in 1987 and is estimated to be 25 years old. Along with her mate “Jag”, the pair has produced 10 of the 24 captive-bred eagles hatched at the PEC. Biomate and Jag are the parents of the latest chick, Chick #24, hatched last January 19,” said Tatit Quiblat, PEF manager for development.
“The Philippine Eagle is our national bird whose numbers are threateningly low. It would be unfortunate if we don’t exert our best efforts to save them from extinction,” said Agnes de Luna, Chemrez technical supervisor.
Showing cooperation between non-government organizations and the private sector through its partnership with PEF, Chemrez encourages inventors and researchers to work on eco-friendly projects.
It also sponsors the Chemrez Green Chemistry Awards, an award given during the annual National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI). It aims to encourage inventors and researchers to work on eco-friendly projects, modeling cooperation between government and private sector. [Lorie Ann A. Cascaro]

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