What if plastic had a higher rate of degradation that it has now? That’s possible with Oxygreen Plastic Additives. Check out.
Oxo-biodegradable plastic is made by blending a pro-degradant additive into the plastic during the extrusion process. The additive causes the molecular structure of plastic to break down when exposed to heat or sunlight.
Oxo-biodegradable plastic is often referred to as “degradable” plastic since it does not require a biological process to degrade. Microorganisms will speed up the degradation process, but they’re not required. This gives oxo-biodegradation a distinct advantage over prior methods for degrading plastic.
The degradation time varies depending on the amount of exposure to degradation promoters (sunlight, heat, and microorganisms). This is an optimal situation for consumers. Oxo-biodegradable plastic degrades quickest in the exact situation we want it to when it becomes litter. If the plastic is used properly it will last many years, but once it becomes litter it could degrade in under 12 months.
In a landfill, oxo-biodegradable plastic will degrade quickly if oxygen is available to assist the degradation process. However, unlike other types of degradable plastic, oxo-biodegradable plastic will not release methane as it degrades. This is another advantage over prior forms of biodegradable plastic.
- Microplastics are a serious environmental problem. They are caused by the embrittlement and erosion of ordinary plastic, and these fragments of plastic can lie or float around for decades adsorbing toxins.
- We need to stop using ordinary plastic for everyday items.
- Everyday plastic items should urgently be upgraded with OBP technology so that they will safely degrade and biodegrade in a much shorter time if they get into the open environment.
- It is essential to understand that OBP does not fragment into pieces of plastic – they disintegrate because they have converted at the end of their useful life, into materials with a low molecular weight, which are no longer plastics and will be recycled back into nature by naturally- occurring bacteria and fungi.
- OBP will biodegrade on land and water and do not leave harmful residues.
- OBP cost little or no more than ordinary plastics. The same factories can make them with the same machinery, so there are no job losses.
- OBP can contain a tracer so that they can be identified by waste-sorting equipment, but this is not necessary. They can be recycled with ordinary plastics if collected during their useful life, but crop-based plastics cannot.
- Crop-based plastics are in any event the wrong choice if we are concerned about litter – because they are tested to biodegrade in an industrial composting unit – not in the open environment Nor do they convert to compost – they convert into co2.