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Degradable plastic which 'self destructs' after as little as six months in any environment - land or water - which also emits no methane, even when buried. Is it too good to be true?

Following recent comment about tackling the growing problems of plastic waste, Symphony Environmental wants to point out that there is already a form of plastic which could solve many of the problems people find so worrying.

It is called oxo-biodegradable (oxo-bio) plastic. It makes plastic bags degrade completely and to a pre-set timespan, from six months onwards. It emits no methane even when buried in a landfill. As oxo-bio bags 'self destruct' automatically at the end of their lifespan, they disappear altogether even if they are not collected, either on land or in water, leaving no harmful residues.

However, if collected, they can be recycled. They can also be incinerated for energy recovery. Oxo-bio plastic is not made from crops or potential food stuffs, like some of the biodegradable plastic alternatives, and thus is no threat to the world's food chain.

The technology used to make oxo-bio bags is still comparatively new and many people are not yet fully aware of its capabilities. All too often it is confused with the starch-based (hydro-bio) alternative, which does emit methane, cannot be recycled and cannot be programmed to destruct to a pre-set lifespan.

Symphony Environmental has developed an oxo-bio additive, which when added to most forms of plastic at the manufacturing stage, changes its behaviour and gives it ithe properties of oxo-bio plastic. Organisations using it in at least one application include Tesco, the Co-op, Walmart, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the World Wildlife Fund and the Soil Association.

The use of oxo-bio plastic bags could dramatically cut the amount of long-term plastic waste left lying around in the streets, or polluting the countryside, our rivers and the sea - perhaps even obviating the need for a ban on them, or for other restrictions. We would be glad to explain how.

We hope you find the above points of interest. Please let me know if there is any further information you need, or if you would be interested in talking to anyone at Symphony.

(Symphony specialises in making plastic and polymer degrade to a short, pre-set timespan, which would solve many of the current problems of plastic waste).

Michael Stephen, chairman of Synphony Environmental, is available direct on: 07917-796444

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