May 11, 2020
Statement of the biodegradability of the Oxo-Biodegradable plastic
Mover’s Equipment & Supplies offers a technically superior form of Oxo-Biodegradable plastic, which is consistent and stable. “Oxo-Biodegradable” additive is used and provide initially a shelf stable plastic product with a useful lifetime. Afterward, when the product is disposed, the plastic material will degrade rapidly.
Oxo-Biodegradable plastic is visually indistinguishable from conventional non-degradable plastic material. They have similar physical properties as regular products prior to the onset of degradation. They are also compatible with existing recycling operations.
The chemical degradation process involves the reaction of very large polymer molecules of plastic (which contain only carbon and hydrogen) with oxygen in the air. This reaction occurs even without additives, but at a very slow rate. This is why conventional plastics, when discarded, persist for a long time in the environment. Oxo-Biodegradable additives catalyze and accelerate this reaction and increase the rate of degradation. The film degrade and physically disintegrates (lower molecular weight fragments) within a few weeks to 1-2 years, depending on the disposal environment.
This product is food contact compliant and meets the Canadian, US and European standards. Composts made from plastics incorporating Oxo-Biodegradable plastics are found to have no toxic effects on sensitive plant or animal life.
These lower molecular weight fragments, are known to/have been shown, in laboratory simulated composts, to biodegrade into carbon dioxide, water and biomass (cell structure of the micro-organisms), which are materials found in nature and part of the bio-cycle.
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