September 13th, 2013
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Mallika Kapur reports on the world's first 100% biodegradable plastic which completely disappears into the environment.

The process involves adding an enzyme when the plastic bag is produced. After the bag is discarded and comes into contact with soil, the combination of the two act as a catalyst to break down the molecules in polythene.

Within 6 months the bag completely disappears into the environment leaving no toxic residue behind.

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  1. vinod833

    Reblogged this on VINOD833's BLOG and commented:
    this is a positive step towards the future to save new generations

    September 13, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
  2. Leslie Harty

    I hate to burst your bubble, but I have been making biodegradable bags that break down when they come in contact with biota in the soil for over 10 years. You are not the first. One can put them in a hole, or a landfill and they go away. Biota sees them as food. In the case of bags in lakes, oceans, and as trash outside (heaven forbid, but they do show up), my Green Film will biodegrade there. Biota is everywhere and it sounds like what a lot of other companies who have products like this. It is not an oxy and leaves no harmful chemicals behind like cadmium or cobalt. Sorry, but you are a little late.

    September 13, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
  3. OPA

    It is highly unlikely that these "enzymatic" additives will work as claimed or at all, and people should be very wary about buying them.

    See the Position Paper on Enzymatic Additives on the Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association website. http://www.biodeg.org/files/uploaded/biodeg/OPA%20ENZYMATIC%20ADDITIVES%205%20August%202013.pdf

    September 13, 2013 at 9:00 pm |
  4. venkayammanallapati

    this is a good thinking future genaration

    September 14, 2013 at 8:56 am |
  5. biogreen2

    Not so new as claimed. See: http://earthnurture.com for an introduction to the large and complicated subject of biodegradable plastic.

    September 15, 2013 at 12:36 am |
  6. Anurag Sharma

    Do they have tested field reports, has any authority confirms their claims?

    September 16, 2013 at 5:29 am |
  7. generalfinance13

    Very useful information in this post, and an amazing new way of thinking :)

    September 16, 2013 at 7:24 am |
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    September 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm |
  9. greyhoundboxpackaging

    Reblogged this on Greyhound Box & Packaging.

    September 18, 2013 at 12:48 pm |
  10. mimosa

    Sorry to spoil your 'news', but Finnish company Plastiroll has been manufacturing fully biodegradable bags and sacks already for 15 years from corn starch...recommend you make news out of that.

    September 19, 2013 at 6:40 am |
  11. pyradia

    A reblogué ceci sur Pyradiablog.

    September 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
  12. kelly mwaura

    hi leslie harty. is it possible to get your product in Kenya. the slums here have a large polythene waste that makes the sorrounding look angry.

    September 20, 2013 at 9:19 am |
  13. campaniellopro

    good for our future

    September 25, 2013 at 9:47 pm |
  14. Nick Major

    Well, it seems like another Indian Company has pirated the idea and is claiming it as their own. Go India Piracy !!!

    September 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  15. luibeg

    Leslie Harty is quite correct to say that this is NOT the first "100% bio-degradable bag" – there are many variations and and with specific regard to India, a Government of India test agency has recently tested oxo-biodegradable plastic film and established total bio-degradation of multi layer film which broke down and was digested by natural bacteria in under 3 months. I might say that I have in front of me, a "biotech bag" given to me in 2011 which remains in perfect condition with absolutely no evidence of bio-degradation. The bag is stamped as "100% biodegradable plastic" and is "40 microns". This bag was manufactured for a vegetarian restaurant chain in Chennai. Could Biotech please explain why this bag which is now over 24 months old, has not broken down in any way whatsoever?? and do they have full test reports to substantiate the claims being made??

    Anurag Sharma asks if field trial and testing evidence is available for this products and I can confirm that there is one oxo-biodegradable plastic technology which is widely used across India in PE, PP and PS production and which has been fully tested for oxo-biodegradation and certified as food contact safe by Government of India test laboratories. This product – d2w is imported to India and is supplied to plastics manufacturers from a Company called Luibeg Environmental Technologies in Kolkata. d2w can be used safely in every possible plastic application produced and it is known to be used in over 90 Countries around the World.

    It is very interesting to note that throughout the UAE , oxo-biodegradable plastics have been made mandatory by law and that on the 1st January 2014, a further law will be introduced in the UAE which will cover nearly every plastic product either manufactured in or imported to the UAE to be oxo-biodegradable only. A similar law has been introduced in Pakistan this year, which bans all plastics unless they are oxo-biodegradable. Many other Countries have adopted this cost effective and totally safe solution for plastics. Should India not take a similar proactive stance and introduce this technology, thus bringing a complete environmental change to the Country and eventually ridding India of the vast plastic waste problem and pollution. Plastics will never leave our lives, and now is the time to make them friendly and safe to all. The present population of India and indeed the World are curators of the past for the benefit of future generations. It is our duty to take action now to solve the considerable pollution problems, before the damage cannot be reversed. KM

    October 2, 2013 at 12:15 am |
  16. Richard

    More glad news about an invention that will never see widespread use because it will be too expensive.

    October 11, 2013 at 9:14 am |
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    this is all? where'a the rest of story ?

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  20. Peripatetic

    There are naturally cynics and skeptics, but let's test, trial and use the best of technology NOW and make the necessary economic compromises so our planet will be healthier. I don't care whether the best ideas come from Mumbai or Memphis or whether a bit of this and a bit of that are the most successful options. Quit worrying and complaining and help us from drowning in our own waste!

    November 1, 2013 at 6:36 am |
  21. jessica

    I just use brown paper bags for my garbage, and avoid using plastic when possible. What would everyone do if plastic bags all vanished from the planet tomorrow? You'd find something else to use in its place. Just a thought.

    November 24, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
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