The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association exists to provide information to encourage greater understanding of oxo-biodegradable plastic technology and the role it can play in protecting the environment for future generations.  Members are manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and commercial end-users of oxo-biodegradable plastic.

Plastic is a familiar component of modern living, used in all sorts of packaging and household and commercial applications. Whilst the benefits of low cost, light weight, strength, imperviousness to gas and water, transparency, sealability, and printability are highly regarded, the very strength and durability which makes plastic such a useful and economic material can be a major problem after the useful life of the product. Plastic waste can accumulate in the open  environment for decades.

Science has now found the solution to this problem:  Oxo-biodegradable plastic.

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 degradatoin 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.  

The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association is represented by its Chairman on the D20 (plastics) committee of the ASTM International and its subcommittees.

For general information see "The Relevance of Biodegradable Plastic"


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Latest news:

French academics criticise EU for failing to understand oxo-biodegradable plastics

Is it necessary that misinformation on oxo-biodegradable materials continues? - CNEP Statement (Lemaire, Fromageot, Lacoste)

OPA Statement on EU Legislative Proposals

Pakistan legislates to make all disposable products Oxo-biodegradable

Germans reject "compostable" plastic and say EN13432 and ASTM D-6400 are "defective and irrelevant"

Bad news for "compostable" plastics from German Courts.

OPA in Mexico

OPA Responds to California SB 270

EU plastics industry advises against bio-based plastic

Is oxo-biodegradable technology the sustainability keystone for plastics? - Article - European Plastic Processors Magazine 7-8-14

OPA Response to Braskem et al

OPA Comments on UK Government's response to Parliamentary Committee

German NGO says "compostable" plastic has no significant advantage

OPA Responds to Bioplastics Mag

OPA comments on "Lets Bag It" meeting

OPA writes to Margrete Auken MEP

Environmental Audit Committee of UK Parliament - OPA Evidence

Environmental Audit Committee of UK Parliament - OPA Supplementary Evidence

OPA questions DEFRA tender on biodegradable plastic bags

OPA Responds  to EuPC Claims on Recyclability

Plastic Bag Bans and Taxes

"Enzymatic and Microbiodegradable" Additives Challenged

Response to "EuPC Answers to the EU Green Paper on plastic waste in the environment"

Bad news for biobased "compostable" plastics from German government study

New legislation in Pakistan requires plastic to be Oxo-Biodegradable

UK Environment Agency publishes a Life Cycle Assessment of Supermarket Carrier Bags - 2011

New LCA by Intertek puts oxo-biodegradable plastic way ahead of conventional and bio-based plastic