Introspection into biodegradable plastics or BDP
In this week’s blog I wanted to offer us a chance to reminisce about previous days, months, years, and answer a simple question: What kind of world would we leave behind to our children? Will the above quote resonate with us?
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I invite you to continue our journey and examine biodegradable plastics or BDP.
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Biodegradable plastics or BDP are polymers that are “capable of undergoing decomposition into carbon dioxide, methane, water, inorganic compounds, or biomass in which the predominant mechanism is the enzymatic action of microorganisms, that can be measured by standardized tests, in a specific period of time, reflecting available disposal condition” (ASTM standard D6813).
A subsection of biodegradable plastics or BDP may be compostable “capable of undergoing biological decomposition in a compost site as part of an available program, such that the plastic is not visually distinguishable and breaks down to carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds of biomass, at a rate consistent with known compostable materials” (ASTM standard D6868 & ASTM standard D6400).
Even though current biodegradable plastics or BDP production capacity is estimated at 350,000 tons (Bioplastics 07/08) with our help we may increase customer demand for these products, which may translate in higher production capacity.
I would like to conclude this week’s blog with the below imagine. What do you think? Will we make it possible?
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ASTM 2002 Standard specification for compostable plastics (Designation D6400-99), ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbour Drive, PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-12959, USA
Bioplastics 07/08 Processing parameters and technical characteristics - a global overview, Bioplastics24.com, ISSN 1863-7299