With more and more people making the effort to live greener lives and be more planet-conscious, consumer demand is driving the need to provide recyclable, degradable, and compostable options for any situation.
What are Degradable bags?
Not all degradable products are created equal, and many suppliers claim that their product is biodegradable when they’re actually not.
Our degradable bags are made from polyethylene, they are still a petroleum-based plastic bag but contain a degradable additive known as TDPA (totally degradable plastic additives) manufactured by a company called EPI. This helps the bags break down into smaller particles when exposed to sunlight, heat and oxygen.
Secondly, these smaller oxidized molecules are biodegraded and converted into carbon dioxide, water and biomass, by microorganisms. The rate at which this happens for conventional plastics is very slow, taking decades or even centuries. EPI’s TDPA® additives are catalysts that accelerate this reaction so that it occurs over a few months to a couple of years.
For more information on research done for degradable plastics read more here