Questions & Facts
How long will plastic treated with our additive biodegrade in landfill?
The time frame of biodegradation will vary depending on polymer type, product thickness, and whether or not the polymer contains any fillers. Generally speaking, based on third party ASTM D5511 test results we are seeing that products take between 1-5 years to biodegrade.
Is your additive an OXO technology?
Unlike OXO, our technology is a ONE step process to biodegradation, not sensitive to heat, light and mechanical stress. It is food contact safe , environmental safe , recyclable and not effect recycling stream. Highly stable and not break down to little pieces.
Our additive technology does not require oxygen to result in effective biodegradation in landfill.
Will the properties of packaging be compromised when treated with your additive?
NO. Properties and quality of the packaging will be retained except it is now biodegradable. The treated packaging has infinite shelf-life and requires no special storage. It can be used, reused, recycled and stored in large quantities without fear of premature degradation.
What type of biodegradation can be expected?
Our technology results in both anaerobic (presence of no oxygen) and aerobic (presence of oxygen) biodegradation therefore it is very effective in landfill as well as composting facilities. The biodegradation is conversion of carbon in plastic to natural gases, biomass and moisture.
How do you confirm the biodegradation?
ASTM 5511 or ISO 15985 are best test methodologies that confirm biodegradation of plastic in anaerobic (no oxygen) environment prevalent in landfills. We as well as our clients had conducted independent 3rd party laboratory test using ASTM 5511 to confirm effectiveness of our additive. Feel free to request our recent test reports.
Can your technology meet EN 13432 or ASTM 6400?
Those standards are created for Bio-based plastic(PLA, corn based) to ensure its compostability in composting facilities meets the strict requirement and limits. These standards are not created for petroleum based plastic and are unfairly imposed on them.
We are working with PE, PS, PP, PET etc and treating them so they can effectively biodegrade in landfills. In many countries, most of these plastic waste including bio-based plastic ends in landfill. Composting facilities are still rare in most countries.
Besides flexible packaging like bags, can your additive work with rigid products?
We have worked with PP, PET, PS, PE rigid products such as containers, food packaging, bottles, cutleries and more. They are for both food and non food products therefore it is generally food contact safe. Refer to our certificate in Our Technology page
How do I get started working with eco-friendly plastic using your technology?
If you manufacture packaging like bags or containers:
We will send some samples to your factory for production trial. Upon satisfaction of product quality and appearance, we can discuss moving forward
If you are an end user e.g. supermarket, product manufacturer requiring new packaging:
We can work with your packaging suppliers or manufacturers to run the trial. Refer them to us.
If you not have own supplier, we have a list of manufacturers to help you to be more eco friendly in your packaging.