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Death of Animals Caused by Plastic 

German opposition to "Compostable" plastics - March 2014

OPA comments on "Lets Bag It" meeting - February 2014

OPA writes to Margrete Auken MEP - 20th February 2014

Environmental Audit Committee of UK Parliament - OPA Evidence 9th December 2013

Environmental Audit Committee of UK Parliament - OPA Supplementary Evidence 8th January 2014

Lobbyists risk making fools of French Deputies over plastic bags - January 2014

OPA questions DEFRA tender on biodegradable plastic bags - January 2014

Degradation of oxo-biodegradable Plastics in the Marine Environment - expert report

RECYCLING - Roediger review of report by TCKT for EuPC - 5 December 2013

Roediger Report May 2012 

Bibliography - November 2013

Bags for Life - November 2013

OPA Responds to EuPC Claims on Recyclability - November 2013

The Relevance of Degradable Plastic - November 2013

Plastic Bag Bans and Taxes - November 2013

"Enzymatic and Microbiodegradable" Additives Challenged - November 2013

OPA member issues challenge to EuPC on recycling - September 2013

Response to call by EuPC to ban oxo-biodegradable plastic - September 2013


Plastics in the Marine Environment

Why bio-based is the wrong technology - July 2013

Recycling of plastics

Response to "EuPC Answers to the Eu Green Paper on plastic waste in the environment" - June 2013

EU Green Paper - OPA Response - March 2013

Bad news for biobased "compostable" plastics from German government study - March 2013

Italian Plastics Law "Seriously Flawed" and Could Be Illegal - February 2013

US Govt warns on "Compostable" Plastic - February 2013

New legislation in Pakistan requires plastic to be Oxo-Biodegradable - February 2013

Ontario plastic bag ban challenge - November 2012

Response to 'European Bioplastics, Environmental Communications Guide' - September 2012

New LCA by Intertek puts oxo-biodegradable plastic way ahead of conventional and bio-based plastic - May 2012

Consumers hit back on plastic bags (Link by kind permission of www.iomtoday.co.im) - February 2012

UAE bans plastic products - Except Oxo-Bio plastics - February 2012

Executive Summary on Oxo-Biodegradable Plastic - December 2011

Is bio-based plastic really renewable? - December 2011

OPA contributes to EU workshop on Marine Litter - December 2011

OPA publishes Position Paper on Timescale for Degradation of Oxo-biodegradable Plastic

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

Good news for Oxo-Biodegradable plastic from UK Government LCA - 2011

OPA member company responds to European Bioplastics "Fact Sheet" on British Standard 8472 for Oxo-biodegradation of plastics - October 2011

Scientific dossier on oxo-biodegradable plastics - October 2011

How many football pitches are needed to make green plastic? - August 2011

A report from Arizona State University and others explains how synthetic biology will bring us cheaper plastics by ruining the poorest nations on Earth. - February 2011

OPA Response to FPA (Flexible Packaging Association) on Oxo-Biodegradable Additives - July 2010

Advertising standards authority rules in favour of d2w plastic - April 2010

OPA Member responds to Loughborough Report - March 2010

COMMENT BY PROFESSOR GERALD SCOTT ON EVO4221 "Assessing the environmental impacts of Oxo-degradable plastics across their life-cycle" - March 2010


New Position-Paper on Incineration

OPA response to AFOR (formerly the Composting Association) - March 2010

OPA response to SPI Bioplastics Council (SPIBC) regarding biodegradability of plastics containing oxo-biodegradable additives - February 2010

Leading environmentalist backs degradable plastics - February 2010

Important oxo-biodegradable statement from the respected laboratory, Smithers RAPRA - February 2010

Comments by Professor Gerald Scott on "Performance Evaluation of Environmentally Degradable Plastic Packaging and Disposable food Service Ware - Final Report" - California State University for CIWMB - May 2007

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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. The Association continues to grow - it now has 87 members in 72 countries. Members are manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and commercial end-users of oxo-biodegradable plastic. It is proud to have on its Scientific Advisory Board some of the world's most distinguished experts in this field of chemistry.

Oxo-biodegradable plastic technology provides the safest, most cost-effective method of degrading plastic, with control over the degradation time.


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 when disposal is required. Plastic waste can accumulate in the environment for decades.

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

The Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association is a member of ASTM International

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