In present day, plastics are to blame for 20-30% of the total volume of solid waste in our landfills. Other than the fact that we have generated a large amount of plastic waste, plastic is recalcitrant which causes it to remain in the landfills for a long period of time. Moreover, the incineration of plastic would also result in a substantial release of carbon dioxide and other harmful gases to the atmosphere. On top of that, the attempt to recycle plastic includes detaching plastic residue, separating plastic into categories according to type, washing, drying, grinding and reprocessing. Additionally, the recycled plastic would not uphold the same superior quality as the original. Thus, recycling plastic is an expensive process, especially for the quality received.
Hence, the final approach is the development of biodegradable polymers. Such example is the D2W Oxo-biodegradable plastic. This material looks and feels the same as normal plastic, however, it degrades naturally! This is possible due to the D2W material which is an additive that contains a mixture of salts that is added to raw plastic during production. This element allows the plastic to be degraded and biodegraded providing oxygen is present. Additionally, the exposure of this plastic to UV light or heat can also create breakage in the polymer chains within the plastic, allowing the material to be degraded by microorganisms.
It reduces the amount of greenhouse gas emission levels
It has been noted that we consume over 100 million tons of plastic each year. Using the standard 5:1 ratio of production generates the indication that this industry contributes to 500 million tons of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere each year. This finding is equivalent to the yearly emissions of 19 million vehicles. Switching to D2W oxo-biodegradable plastic would decrease the amount of greenhouse gases emissions. If some researchers suggests that recycling plastic would generate a net carbon savings up to 80%, switching to biodegradable plastic would help reduce the emissions even further. This would then create a cleaner atmosphere for all of us to enjoy.
Reduction of overall waste
Biodegradable plastic utilizes naturally occurring bacteria within its breakage process. It is also able to eliminate many dangerous substances from being needed. After a conventional plastic is formed, the product will hold their carbon, methane and other harmful pollutants. When they are disposed of, and slowly decompose, that gas is released into the atmosphere. With biodegradable items, these gases do not exist within the product.
Another threatening chemical that is harmful to our health is bisphenol A (BPA). In the past, this substance is used in water bottles, plastic tableware and many more. This substance is used to soften plastic and turn it into PVC. PVC possess many potential hazards which can be easily exposed once owned. The sources of exposure are through ingestion, inhalation and skin contact. Its decomposition process creates most dangerous chemicals that are cancer-causing agents. Other non-cancerous effects include reproductive,developmental, immunological and endocrine effects in both humans and animals. With the utilization of biodegradable plastic, these negative effects are avoided.
Consumes less energy during manufacturing cycle
Biodegradable plastic does not require the process of finding, accessing and transporting hydrocarbons and the utilization of such technology. Even though it demands higher production cost, fewer fossil fuels are burned during its manufacturing process and lesser release of contaminants is expected. Due to this energy saving, the long term cost of biodegradables is expected to be lower than traditional plastics.
Consumes less energy during manufacturing cycle - Biodegradable plastic does not require the process of finding, accessing and transporting hydrocarbons and the utilization of such technology. Even though it demands higher production cost, fewer fossil fuels are burned during its manufacturing process and lesser release of contaminants is expected. Due to this energy saving, the long term cost of biodegradables is expected to be lower than traditional plastics.
Furthermore, this material is proven to comply with international standards. These standards consist of the biodegradability, degradability and eco-toxicity. It was found to be 100% biodegradable, degradable and non eco-toxic.
D2W oxo-biodegradable plastic will be present within the packaging of all our products. With every purchase of Ecoden products, we are offering our customers to take a step towards a healthier sleep and future.