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Benefits of totally degradable plastic carrier bags

  • When disposed of in landfill sites or inadvertently littered, will degrade and ultimately biodegrade into Carbon dioxide, water and Biomass
  • Help reduce the build up of dangerous methane gas in landfill sites
  • Safe valuable landfill space and extend landfill life
  • Keep you ahead of both environmental legislation and public opinion.
  • EPI’s totally degradable plastic addtives (TDPA®) vs existing starch based technologies

EPI`s TDPA are incorporated into PE, PP or PS resins and are processed on standard plastic processing machines to produced plastic end products with controlled life cycles.  

Why is this important?

  • Produce uniform quality end products which are 3-4 times economical than existing starch based technologies.
  • Can produce degradable plastic products in numerous colours and transparencies.


Degradable Plastic products incorporating EPI`s TDPA additives:

  • Retain the characteristics of regular plastics (strong, tough and flexible) during use
  • Degrade and ultimately biodegrade into carbon dioxide , water and Biomass with no harmful residues
  • Start degrading when subjected to sunlight, heat and/or mechanical stress
  • Degrade in landfills when buried in soil, when inadvertently disposed of as litter or in compost facilities.
  • Soronko Green biodegradable shopping bags are 100% safe for the environment.

Photo illustration of the thermal degradation of a carrier bag incorporating EPI’s TDPA® additive (top row) vs a bag WITHOUT EPI’s TDPA® additive (bottom row).

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Benefits: Quick Reference
 
   

Plastic Bags

Bio-degradable Bags

Plastic bags remain toxic even after they break down

Degradable & Compostable

12 million barrels of oil are needed for 100 billion bags

No fossil fuel or very little fossil fuel

Plastic bags remain toxic even after they break down

Faster degradation