"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors,
we borrow it from our children"
The world has been manufacturing plastics since the 1930's. We have inciderated less than 5% of these. All the rest are still somewhere on the planet.
Oxo-biodegradable plastic technology is solving this problem by changing the nature of the plastic we use, before we use it, by creating totally degradable plastic that turns into water, a small amount of carbon dioxide and biomass. This technology is environmentally responsible and does not leave an unwelcome legacy for future generations.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Totally Degradable
Totally Degradable : it DOES also reduce. We have always subscribed to the principle of minimilization as is now enshrined in the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Legislation. By using advanced film extrusion technology it is commonplace to create thin but very strong plastic films that utilize the minimum amount of plastic raw material.
Totally Degradable: it IS also re-usable. Re-use occurs, for example, when a carrier bag is used as a bin liner. During their useful life products made using this plastic technology can be re-used exactly as traditional plastics. Even when re-used, traditional plastics are eventually discarded - more often than not well within the life of our degradable products. Our plastics will then goon to degrade whereas the traditional plastics will remain clogging up the environment.
Totally Degradable: it IS also recyclable. Degradable plastics find their way into a post consumer waste recycling stream, the degradation process is effectively arrested and the plastics then behave exactly as other non-degradable plastics. Fresh additive would then allow it to continue to degrade if this was the desired outcome.
To regard plastics as a relatively young material which requires, and is capable of, an equally adaptable performance would be summarize our totally degradable solution.
Degradable plastics are consistent with the 're-use, recycle, reduce' model and are environmentally desirable. Plastic is made from the oil fraction that we can't put in our cars after oil is refined. If we did not use it, it would have to be burnt off and totally wasted (as it used to be), adding to global warming and pollution. Given that this 'by-product' is continously produced it is common sense to put it to good use.
The plastics consumers use everyday of the week such as bin liners, food packaging and carrier bags, will mostly end up in landfill. To keep using non-degradable plastics is to ignore the fact that no matter how many times they are used, they do not go away.
LEADING ENVIRONMENTALIST TALKS ABOUT OXO-BIODEGRADABLE PLASTIC
Chris Packham, environmental broadcaster, photographer, and journalist joined the Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association www.biodeg.org earlier this year as its Environmental Advisor. Following this year's high level of exposure of 'oxo-biodegradable' plastics in the news, Chris spoke o the OPA to highlight the need for change in relation to managing waste, and gave his views on the advantages of using oxo-bio plastic technology.
"There would be no North Pacific garbage patch if all the plastic had been oxo-biodegradable" comments Chris, re-enforcing the need for this technology to be made compulsory, as is the case in the UAE.
He later goes on to say "the recommendations in the Loughborough Report aren't entirely justified, and there is certainly some confusion when it comes to oxo-biodegradable plastics in relation to re-cycling and composting."
Please follow the below link to hear what Chris had to say:
The will degrade in any outdoor or indoor environment. This is very
important factor in relation to litter, because a large amount of plastic waste on land and at sea cannot be collected and buried.
They can be 'programmed'
to degrade within a timescale to suit the user's requirements.
They are probably the
lowest cost environmentally targeted technology.
They can, in principle, be
be recycled and can be made from recyclate
Specific formulations can be
composted in appropriate conditions, and because the carbon is released more slowly fom oxo-biodegradable plastic, some carbon can become a food resource for growing micro organisms
Barrier properties -- which are
critical in food packaging -- are maintained and bags from oxo-biodegradables have the same barrier properties as conventional plastics.
They are safe for direct
food contact and safe in soil.
They involve no compromise
in their properties when compared to convetional plastics.