There is a ban on plastic in many regions, but no matter how much you hate it, you still get to see all the time. The packaging industry is overwhelmingly dependent on plastic, especially the food industry. It is by far the best product to store food, which prevents damage and contamination. It can store any type of food, is waterproof, and is not expensive.
It is as if the food industry cannot do without plastic but the level of harm plastic waste causes to the environment is too much. The environmental damage through plastic waste overshadows all the benefits and versatility of plastic. However, the oxo-biodegradable technology has come up with a solution that is safe and cost-effective.
Oxo-biodegradable plastic provides a good alternative to plastic waste through adding a special ingredient along with basic polymer, which makes the plastic waste biodegradable. During the manufacturing process, this extra ingredient is mixed with the basic polymer resin without any extra costs and extra machinery. Oxo-biodegradable plastic will be exactly same in features and usability like the traditional plastic. The only difference would be in their decomposition process. Unlike conventional plastic that takes decades to decompose, this new plastic type will decompose fast and not pose a threat to the environment.
In the past five years, the global market of plastic additives has risen in terms of revenue and there are predictions of more revenue for the years to come as well. The Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Association has over 1,600 members in 63 countries, and it is seeing a considerable rise in sales. Almost all the companies are going for oxo-biodegradable plastic, as they find it to be a better solution in terms of usability and its cost-effectiveness.
You can control the degradation time in the case of oxo-biodegradable plastics, which is in contrast to the conventional plastic. Besides degradation period, the lifetime of the plastic can also be controlled. As a carrier bag will probably have an eighteen-month life span, and that of bread wrapper will be only six months. Presently, manufacturers use Oxo-biodegradable plastics for lightweight carrier bags, packaging films, and for disposable bags. It is also being used in the field of horticulture and agriculture. Around fifteen countries are presently using the unique and very effective technology that makes plastic smarter and many countries are planning to adopt this technique and make their country an eco-friendly place to live.
Oxo-biodegradable plastic is a new form of plastic that has similar features like the conventional plastic but is not harmful for the environment, as it is a biodegradable product.