Bio-Tec Environmental (USA) recently announced completion of a new round of "green products" testing on its biodegradable plastic solution EcoPure, its second generation additive that makes green products by turning regular plastic into biodegradable plastic. The ASTM D5511 test was run on polypropylene (PP), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polyethylene (PE) and ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) at an independent lab, and the results are conclusive that EcoPure makes plastics biodegrade in a microbial rich environment, when used at a 0.7% concentration. The material has already been shown to be perfectly safe for food and drug packaging, and meets FDA standards, the company says.
According to the company, EcoPure allows microbes to digest the carbon inside the complex plastic chain (known as a polymer). This has two benefits. First, the plastic breaks down into simple organic compounds so that it ceases to be a burden on future generations as regular plastic is. It also creates methane which can be captured from the landfill and used for energy production. Thus, EcoPure results in an easy, sustainable solution for our environment. This new round of testing is just the next step in their endless quest to find solutions to the problem of synthetic plastic materials: their inability to break down through natural processes. The company also recently developed a version of EcoPure for use in clear PET, and continues to work on variations that will meet the needs over every plastic fabricator.