The world has been manufacturing plastics since the 1930's. We have inciderated less than 5% of these. All the rest are still somewhere on the planet.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Totally Degradable
Totally Degradable : it DOES also reduce. We have always subscribed to the principle of minimilization as is now enshrined in the Packaging (Essential Requirements) Legislation. By using advanced film extrusion technology it is commonplace to create thin but very strong plastic films that utilize the minimum amount of plastic raw material.
Totally Degradable: it IS also re-usable. Re-use occurs, for example, when a carrier bag is used as a bin liner. During their useful life products made using this plastic technology can be re-used exactly as traditional plastics. Even when re-used, traditional plastics are eventually discarded - more often than not well within the life of our degradable products. Our plastics will then goon to degrade whereas the traditional plastics will remain clogging up the environment.
Totally Degradable: it IS also recyclable. Degradable plastics find their way into a post consumer waste recycling stream, the degradation process is effectively arrested and the plastics then behave exactly as other non-degradable plastics. Fresh additive would then allow it to continue to degrade if this was the desired outcome.
To regard plastics as a relatively young material which requires, and is capable of, an equally adaptable performance would be summarize our totally degradable solution.
Degradable plastics are consistent with the 're-use, recycle, reduce' model and are environmentally desirable. Plastic is made from the oil fraction that we can't put in our cars after oil is refined. If we did not use it, it would have to be burnt off and totally wasted (as it used to be), adding to global warming and pollution. Given that this 'by-product' is continously produced it is common sense to put it to good use.
The plastics consumers use everyday of the week such as bin liners, food packaging and carrier bags, will mostly end up in landfill. To keep using non-degradable plastics is to ignore the fact that no matter how many times they are used, they do not go away.