The biodegradability of lures

Who has never found an old lure at the water's edge?

After months of Research and Development, Pyrénées Leurres&Co presented itself to you in February 2021 as the first company to offer hard lures made of resin of natural and biodegradable origin .

They are therefore more respectful of nature, fauna and flora. Through this approach, we wish to make fishermen aware of the environmental aspect of our leisure activity, as well as the pressure on aquatic environments caused by recreational fishing. As sentinels of aquatic environments, we must act to protect what can still be protected, and this requires small actions from everyone.

The resin of the lures is biosourced , that is to say that it is composed mainly of plants (between 30 and 60%), in this case corn starch. The resulting molecule is of the PLA type: it is polylactic acid (a rather barbaric name, but without danger for the environment).

Biodegradation occurs when the lure is lost and is constantly altered by natural elements and degraded by living organisms such as bacteria. This doesn't mean that it will disappear in a few weeks! The process will be very long: between 6 and 50 years depending on the environment. For example, the warmer and more humid the area, the more rapid the biodegradation will be, because these are conditions conducive to the development of bacteria. It's not a banana peel! And this is why lures should not be thrown into nature if they are no longer used.

Due to its green composition, the resin is not harmful compared to those currently used in the fishing world. It is not classified as a substance dangerous for the environment, whether in its solid or liquid form. In addition, it corresponds to the EN71-3 standard which is used for children's toys : one of the strictest standards in terms of safety and toxicity.

In terms of paint, we only use acrylic (water dilution) made in Spain, thus minimizing the impact on the environment compared to solvent paint which uses very alcohol-based chemical agents. volatile.

Finally, the resin is REACH and RoHS certified, which authorizes use in the EU and certifies the use of regulated products:

- REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals) is a European Union regulation which aims to better protect human health and the environment against the risks linked to chemical substances. To be REACH certified, companies must prove that the chemical substance can be used safely.

- RoHS (Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic equipment) is a European directive used in the electrical and electronic industries, aiming to protect people and the environment from dangerous chemical substances. It limits the use of 6 substances up to 0.1% per unit weight of homogeneous material: lead, mercury, cadmium, exavalent chromium, polybromobiphnyls and polybromodiphnyl ether.

Note: the vast majority of resin lures used today are made of ABS (petroleum plastic) or on a poxy base which cause great toxicity to the environment during degradation (release of chemical agents). More simply, fishermen use plastic from petroleum, the same ones that can be found in the oceans. You should know that the lifespan of this type of molecule in nature is several hundred years... And you, what are you waiting for to change?

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