EcoPure makes biodegradation push to polyolefins marketEcoPure makes biodegradation push to polyolefins market
Houston—The same longevity that makes plastics desirous as a material draws the ire of environmentalists who decry the burgeoning amounts of the synthetic materials piling up in landfills. At the recent Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) International Polyolefins Conference in Houston, TX (Feb.
March 5, 2010
) International Polyolefins Conference in Houston, TX (Feb. 21-24), Samuel Adams, senior VP of bio-tec environmental, promoted his company's solution to the problem, EcoPure, a specially designed additive that's mixed into plastics at low levels (0.7%, 1.0%, 1.5%) and "coats" a polymer's chains to make them attractive to microbes. The microbes can then release acid and move through the chains, feeding on their ends and allowing the material to biodegrade. Adams stressed that this occurs even in a landfill's anaerobic environment, pointing to test results utilizing the ASTM D5511-02 Anaerobic Digestion Test.
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