Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association A not-for-profit organisation


Protecting the environment with oxo-biodegradable plastic


Agriculture & Horticulture

Bags for Life

Bio-based plastic

Composting

Frequently Asked Questions

Legislation

Life Cycle Assessments

Marine Environment

Misinformation

Oxo-biodegradable general

Plastic bags, bans and taxes

Recycling

Standards

Waste

Members Videos Subjects of Interest

VIDEOS

Chris Packham, Environmentalist and Broadcaster discusses oxo-biodegradable technology.

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Welcome to the Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association

The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association exists to provide information to encourage greater understanding of oxo-biodegradable plastic technology and how it can protect the environment for future generations.  

Oxo-biodegradable plastic is conventional polyolefin plastic to which small amounts of salts have been added. These are NOT heavy metals. At the end of the useful life of the product these salts catalyse the natural degradation process in the presence of oxygen (i.e. NOT deep in landfill) to cause the molecular breakdown of the polyolefins. The process continues until it is no longer a plastic, and has become a biodegradable material.  

Oxo-biodegradable plastic is NOT intended for composting.



The Relevance of Biodegradable Plastic

Members

LCA by Intertek puts oxo-biodegradable way ahead of bio-based  - May 2012

Subjects of Interest

Ostrich Cartoon_Symphony_v2.pdf


Ostrich Cartoon_Symphony_v2.pdf

Members are manufacturers, importers, exporters and commercial end-users. There are over 1600 members in 63 countries

Members