What is Oxo-Biodegradable technology?

Degradation resulting from oxidative cleavage of macromolecules. Degradation identified as resulting fro oxidative and cell mediated phenomena, either simultaneously or successively Resulting in a complete biodegradation

We mimic nature by using the environmental forces of heat, oxygen and sunlight to cause degradation leading to biodegradation.

Difference between Oxo-Degradable and Oxo- Biodegradable Plastic

Degradable or ‘oxo-degradable’ plastic bags

Degradable items don’t have living organisms as a crucial part of the breakdown process. Degradable bags cannot be classed as biodegradable or compostable. Instead, chemical additives used in the plastic allow the bag to break down quicker than a standard plastic bag usually would.

Essentially bags touted as ‘degradable’ are definitely not beneficial, and can even be worse for the environment! Degradable bags that disintegrate just become tinier and tinier pieces of micro plastic quicker, and still pose serious threats to marine life. Micro plastics enter the food chain lower down, getting eaten by smaller species and then continuing to make their way up the food chain as these smaller species are consumed.

Oxo-biodegradable plastic, is often wrongly 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.

OXO Biodegradable vs. Compostable Plastic

OXO Biodegradable is defined by CEN (the European Standards Organisation) {CEN/TR 1535-2006} as “degradation resulting from oxidative and cell-mediated phenomena, either simultaneously or successively.” Sometimes described as “OXO-degradable” this describes only the first or oxidative phase. These descriptions should not be used for material which degrades by the process of OXO-biodegradation defined by CEN, and the correct description is “OXO-biodegradable”. For the sake of clarity, there are two very different types of biodegradable plastic. they are as follows:

1) Oxo-biodegradable plastic – made from polymers such as PE (polyethylene) PP (polypropylene) and PS (polystyrene) containing extra ingredients (NOT heavy metals) and tested according to ASTM D6954 or BS8472 or AFNOR Accord T51-808 to degrade and biodegrade in the open environment and

2) Vegetable based plastics (also loosely knows as bio-plastics “bioplastics” or “compostable plastics”) These are tested in accordance with ASTM D6400 or EN13432 to biodegrade in the special conditions found only in industrial composting or biogas facilities.

OXO-bio plastic is conventional polyolefin plastic to which has been added small amounts of metal salts, none of which are “heavy metals” which are restricted by the EU Packaging Waste Directive 94/62 Art 11. These salts catalyze the degradation process to speed it up so that the OXO plastic will degrade abiotically at the end of its useful life in the presence of oxygen much more quickly than ordinary plastic. At the end of that process it is no longer visible, it is no longer a plastic as it has been converted via Carboxylation or Hydroxylation to small-chain organic chemicals which will then biodegrade. It does not therefore leave fragments of plastic in the environment. The degradation process is shortened from decades to years and/or months for abiotic degradation and thereafter the rate of biodegradation depends on the micro-organisms in the environment. It does not however need to be in a highly microbial environment such as compost. Timescale for complete biodegradation is much shorter than for “conventional” plastics which, in normal environments, are very slow to biodegrade and cause large scale harm.

The useful life of a product made using oxo-biodegradable plastic can be programmed at manufacture, typically 6 months for a bread wrapper and 18 months for a lighweight, plastic carrier bag to allow for re-use. Oxo-biodegradable plastic can be manufactured with the existing machinery and workforce in factories at little or no extra cost. They have the same strength and other characteristics as ordinary plastics during their intended lifetime.

Countries in which Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic is used with regulatory support

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Know more about ADDIFLEX®

Addiflex® is a visionary ,easy to use and safe solution for the problem of plastic waste. It is an eco-intelligent system of additives and composits and there are both economical and ecological effects of adding Addiflex® to plastics.

Over the years of developing and improving Addiflex® we have done lots of test and research. We are proud to have worked with top of the line partners when doing these tests, partners like EMPA, SP, CNEP. Our main objective has always been and will continue to be that a serious product needs serious testing.

We strive to work with the best when it comes to testing our material, both on its own but also of course together with our customer’s material in order to find the right composition for their needs.

We are also proud of that the Addiflex® is approved by the FDA (Keller and Heckman LLP).

Overview on the benefits of AddiFlex®

Complete bio-degradation

80%-90% waste reduction (in weight, not volume)

Conventional raw materials and natural modfiers

No toxic by-products (e.g., methane)

Less energy input vs. competitive products

Technical Specification:-

Product Unit HES-W HES-C-TS-T HES-BOPP HES-PVC
Prolymer Name PE/PP PE/PP PP PVC
Melt Index gm/10 min 2.5-3 (190/2.16) 0.99 (190/2.16) 2.1-2.6 (230/5) 38 (190/2.16)
Moisture H2O-IR 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.05
Melting Point Centrigrade 100-130 100-130 100-130 100-130
Specific Gravity g/cc 0.98 1.82 0.98 1.31
Active Ingredients % 10 Nominal 20 Nominal 20 Nominal 20
CaCo3 Content % N.A 80 N.A. N.A.
Typical Letdown Ratio % 1 to 3 30-60 1 to 3 1 to 3
Colour Light Brown/Transparent Beige Brownish Brownish
Form Granulate Granulate Granulate