‘Biodegradable’ plastics don’t live up to manufacturers’ claims – USA

Posted on June 3, 2015 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

‘Biodegradable’ plastics don’t live up to manufacturers’ claims – News – ABC Environment #Australian Broadcasting Corporation#.

BIN LINERS and other products made of ‘biodegradable’ plastic may not living up to their claims, according to new US research.


In response to consumer concern over the rising amount of plastic pollution across the globe, some plastic manufacturers have been adding ‘biodegradation-promoting’ additives to their materials which they say make their plastics more susceptible to breakdown by microorganisms.


These so-called ‘biodegradable’ plastics can be found in everyday items, such as garbage bin liners, shopping bags and even food packaging.

It is no surprise that oxo degradable do not biodegrade.  It is a chemical process not a biodegradable process.    For the landfill-biodegradable additive this is a bit strange.  Tests by the author and others he has had dealings with using a different additive show 8% over 15 days for pvc and up to 50% for PE fill over 300 days.