Adding EcoPure® additives to the manufacturing process of traditional plastics accelerates the rate of biodegradation* after disposal in a landfill.
EcoPure® allows microbes to create a biofilm that coats the plastic waste. The biofilm forms on treated plastics once it comes in contact with certain enzymes and microbes found in landfills. These microbes then send out chemical signals, a part of the quorum sensing process, that attract other microbes. Through this process, the microbes break down the chemical bonds of polymer chains to biodegrade them at an accelerated rate.
EcoPure® standard additives are engineered to work on many different types of plastics, including EVA, HDPE, PET, LDPE, LLDPE, PP, GPPS, HIPS, Nylon, and Polycarbonate. If your product requires a custom designed additive, our research team will work with you to design and implement an additive that will work best with your plastic products. Contact us for a quote.
All of our organic additives are thoroughly tested using the ASTM D5511 method. The method measures the amount of methane and carbonaceous gases that are released by the microorganisms breaking down the plastic material. It demonstrates how quickly EcoPure®-treated plastic is broken down in relation to untreated plastic.
* Biodegradation rates of EcoPure-treated plastic materials measured according to the ASTM D5511 test method. Tests are generally conducted using 20% to 30% solids content; solids content in naturally wetter landfills range from 55% to 65%, while the driest landfills may reach 93%. Actual biodegradation rates will vary in biologically-active landfills according to the type of plastic used, the product configuration, and the solid content, temperature and moisture levels of the landfill.