What is Full Cycle?

What is Full Cycle®?

Pads made using 100% recycled PET plastic and specially formulated to rapidly biodegrade* once discarded into an active landfill.

The fibers in the floor pads we manufacture are made using 100% recycled PET plastic. We only utilize water-based resins in our binding process. Taking the next step forward, Americo’s Full Cycle® floor pads are specially formulated to biodegrade in a fraction of the time that it takes for conventional pads.* So what does this mean for the end user and our environment? Consumers have access to high quality products with long lasting performance—while reducing mankind’s impact on the environment.

  • Same core floor pad construction—now specially formulated to rapidly biodegrade* once discarded into an active landfill.
  • ASTM D5511 tests show Americo's Full Cycle® floor pads biodegraded up to 92.5% in 616 Days—compared to 16.4% on Americo's conventional floor pad. To view ASTM D5511 test results the biodegradation chart (in Figure 3) click here.
  • Leaves no toxins or toxic remnants in the environment.
  • Methane is created during the biodegradation process which can be captured and converted into energy where facilities exist.1 For a current listing of The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) click here!

1. https://www.epa.gov/lmop/landfill-gas-energy-project-data-and-landfill-technical-data


* ASTM D5511 Testing

Americo’s technology promotes the biodegradation of traditional plastics in landfills as validated by independent, certified laboratories using the test method ASTM D5511.

D5511 testing shows up to 92.5% biodegradation of Americo’s Full Cycle® floor pad in 616 days, as compared 16.4% on our conventional pads. Laboratory tests, which represent optimized conditions, often show faster results than actual landfill conditions. The actual rate of biodegradation of Americo’s Full Cycle® pads, as well as the rate of all plastic materials in landfills, will be slower and will vary, dependent upon actual landfill conditions.

Samples A and B shown above were both taken from the same Full Cycle® floor pad. While Sample A was left untouched, Sample B was placed in an ASTM D5511 simulated landfill test for 290 days. Note the significant mass reduction via enhanced biodegradation in Sample B. Photos courtesy of Eden Labs LLC.


*Biodegradation Comparison

ASTM D5511 testing shows Americo floor pads with Full Cycle® technology biodegraded 92.5% in 616 days, our nearest competitor’s pad biodegraded only 15.4% in the same length of time. The ASTM D5511 test is a method that evaluates the biodegradability of plastic in anaerobic, or oxygen-less, conditions. These laboratory tests often show faster results than actual landfill conditions. The actual rate of biodegradation of Americo’s Full Cycle® pads, as well as the rate of all plastic materials in landfills, will be slower and will vary, dependent upon actual landfill conditions.

Figure 3.

ASTM D5511 testing shows 92.5% biodegradation of Americo’s Full Cycle® floor pad in 616 days as compared to 16.4% of our conventional pads.**This chart reflects the most current testing results supplied by a reputable independent 3rd party laboratory.


Other Potential Benefits of Enhanced Biodegradation

When Americo’s Full Cycle® pads begin to biodegrade, the by-products of the anaerobic biodegradation process are the biogases methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2), and a rich soil-like residue sometimes referred to as humus. Methane gas can be captured and converted to energy, where facilities exist.1 For a current listing of The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) click here!

1. https://www.epa.gov/lmop/landfill-gas-energy-project-data-and-landfill-technical-data


California Notice: California law prohibits the sale of plastic packaging and plastic products that are labeled with the terms ‘biodegradable’, ‘degradable’, or ‘decomposable’, or any form of those terms, or that imply in any way that the item will break down, biodegrade, or decompose in a landfill or other environment. These restrictions apply to all sales in or into the State of California, including such sales over the Internet.


Cleaning Accessories

Full Cycle® Products are certified by Green Seal for Environmental Innovation based on faster biodegradation in landfill conditions and 100% recycled content/natural fiber.
GreenSeal.org/GS20


Floor Pads

Full Cycle® Products are certified by Green Seal for Environmental Innovation based on faster biodegradation in landfill conditions and 100% recycled content/natural fiber.
GreenSeal.org/GS20


OEM

Americo is a prime supplier of high-loft, coarse denier, nonwoven material with over 40 years of experience. Americo’s nonwoven material is manufactured using an air laid process of post consumer and industrial recycled polyester fiber ranging from 15 to 300 denier, proprietary mixes and latex binders. Our production processes consist of state-of-the-art computer controlled production lines and our quality management systems emulate ISO 9000-2001 standards. We qualify all of our raw components and each and every production run of material.

Americo’s nonwoven material is available in an array of colors, densities, and abrasives with thicknesses ranging from 8mm to 50mm. Our material is used in a diverse array of retail and commercial applications, including; floor pads and hand pads, water garden and aquarium filtration, mechanical filtration, geotextile underlayment, roofing ridge-vents, and for many other specialty applications and industries.

In addition to our standard product line of nonwoven material, our sales, engineering and production team will work with our customers to develop custom material to meet specific requirements. We provide our material in bulk rolls, sheets and custom cut sizes.

Being a prime manufacturer, as opposed to a distributor or intermediary, ensures that we never lose control of the supply chain. Our quality nonwoven material, excellent service, and belief in building partnerships with our customers has been the key to our 40 year success.

To find out more information on Americo’s OEM products, please fill out the contact form below or call us at 800-241-9902

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    Full Cycle®

    Complete the Cycle.

    REDUCE

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    FULL CYCLE®

    FLOOR PADS WITH ENHANCED BIODEGRADATION*

    Our goal is to produce products that perform to the highest standards while leaving the smallest possible impact on the environment. A leader in the Jan/San industry for over 51 years, Americo has been manufacturing floor pads with 100% recycled fibers for well over a decade. We’re now completing the cycle by introducing an innovative floor pad technology that has been specially formulated to biodegrade in a fraction of the time once discarded into a landfill, compared to conventional pads.* When consumers see the Full Cycle® label, they will know they have a quality product while reducing mankind’s impact on the environment. Being good stewards of the environment is simply our corporate responsibility—and it’s what sets us apart from other manufacturers.

    A Cleaner Way Forward TM

    For 52 years, Americo has been innovating and manufacturing quality products that are effective and easy to use. It’s what has kept us in business since 1969 and what keeps us going in an ever-changing industry. When you partner with Americo, you join a team of professionals who are committed to excellence at all levels and in all situations. We are dedicated to our customers and providing expert solutions for brilliant floor care. That’s the Americo difference.

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    Industry Accolades

    Full Cycle® Products are certified by Green Seal™ for Environmental Innovation based on faster biodegradation in landfill conditions and 100% recycled content/natural fiber. GreenSeal.org/GS20.

    Other Ways We're Green





    100% of our Polyester Fiber

    Comes From Post Consumer and Industrial Recycled Waste

    All of the synthetic (polyester) fiber used in floor, hand and utility pads produced by Americo, comes from recycled materials. Primary sources of these materials are recycled soda and water bottles.

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    *ASTM D5511 lab testing showed that up to 92.5% of the biodegradable material in Americo's Full Cycle® floor pad biodegraded in 616 days, as compared to 16.4% of our conventional pads. Such lab tests represent optimal conditions and often show faster results than actual landfill conditions. The actual rate of biodegradation of Americo's Full Cycle® pads and all other plastic materials in landfills will be slower and more variable, dependent upon actual landfill conditions. Test results do not imply that the product will decompose completely. (click to see test results)
    California Notice: California law prohibits the sale of plastic packaging and plastic products that are labeled with the terms ‘biodegradable’, ‘degradable’, or ‘decomposable’, or any form of those terms, or that imply in any way that the item will break down, biodegrade, or decompose in a landfill or other environment. These restrictions apply to all sales in or into the State of California, including such sales over the Internet.

    Filter Media

    Poly-Flo Filter Media

    Americo has been the prime manufacturer of nonwoven biological and mechanical filter media for the U.S. pond and aquarium industry for over 28 years. We are truly dedicated to this industry and are proud to be an integral part of the growth and awareness of healthy ecosystems of ponds and aquariums.

    Our filter media, a component of skimmer, waterfall and aquarium systems, is integral to promoting a healthy ecosystem for ponds and aquariums. Our Poly-Flo Biological filter media has been designed to contain high surface area for beneficial bacterial colonization, resists clogging and channeling, is durable, long lasting and UV resistant.

    Our Mechanical filter media is designed to trap debris while allowing a high volume of water to pass through. Our material is tested by an independent bioassay lab to make certain it is non toxic to fish.

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      Full Cycle® Products are certified by Green Seal for Environmental Innovation based on faster biodegradation in landfill conditions and 100% recycled content/natural fiber.
      GreenSeal.org/GS20