Of biodegradable plastic bags has controlled service life

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The company Omniplast Inc. Pioneered in the manufacture of polyethylene bags in North America, returns to the front of the stage thanks to its biodegradable plastic bags has controlled service life. According to the most recent statistics, almost four million tons of plastic products are found each year in Canadian landfills. These wastes will accumulate in the environment for decades, in spite of the principles of sustainable development.

Omniplast, in partnership with the company EPI Environmental Products Inc., established in Vancouver, got the rights to use technology Totally Degradable Plastic Additives (TDPA (TM)) in its method for making polyethylene bags. Thanks to an additive that accelerates the oxidation of plastic, the decomposition of these bags takes a few months sentence
five years. The decomposition, Activated by ultraviolet light, heat or mechanical stress occurs over a period ranging from several months to several years. Once the oxidation of INITIATED plastic, it becomes fragile and sensitive to degradation customary agents, such as
mold and microbes. Today, less than ten percent of plastic bags are recycled. The rest ends up in landfills or accumulates in the streets. Plastic bags of products incorporating the additive that gives them a limited life span are beginning to decompose after a pre-established period, ultimately biodegrade and leave no toxic or harmful residue in the environment.

- Laird Greenshields, Morin Public Relations - tel: + 1 514 289 8688 -
Sources: Le Devoir, 15 / 01 / 2005,
Editor: Elodie Pinot, OTTAWA, sciefran@ambafrance-ca.org


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