Biopac

Biodegradable Plastic Packaging

BioPAC is a ground-breaking formula that will degrade plastic 100-200 times faster than the lifespan of plastic.

The global issue around single use plastics is becoming a problem across a range of markets. We have an ethical duty to ensure that we are protecting the environment today and tomorrow.

Here at Lifestyle Packaging we have recognised recycling is the best solution for plastic waste. We have researched and identified plastic waste in ocean and landfill as a current issue that we must address initially.

What did we come up with?

We wanted a product that can be recycled but would biodegrade if it ended up in landfill, compost or marine environments.  

Unlike other biodegradable materials, this formula DOES NOT require UV or temperature of above 50 degrees Celsius to work. The plastic remains recyclable for other uses where accepted by the local recycling schemes.

How it works

Biodegrades overtime in Landfill

Safe For Marine Environment

Degrades Up To x100 faster in Compost

Biodegradation over 10 year period *

Year 0 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 Year 6 Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10

* Diagram is for illustration purposes. See below for standard test method on plastic PP straws.

Traditional Biodegradable Packaging

Traditional plastics are typically hydrophobic which allows for only a small amount of biodegradation to occur and takes a very long time. 100’s- 1,000’s of years for the plastic to degrade (yet not entirely).

Why we didn’t go for plant based polymers

Plant-based polymers have been considered however their properties were very different.

Challenges with this are

  • Premature Degradation
  • Ease of use in existing operations, filling, labelling etc.
  • Consumers usability/functionality of pack
  • Cost prohibitive

How Does it work?

The formula allows acids, secreted naturally by microbes, to soften the macromolecules within plastic.

These microbes are then able to consume the macromolecules much more quickly resulting in much faster biodegradation occurring.

In anaerobic systems, such as landfills, the plastic is turned into CH4, CO2, biomass, and water. In aerobic systems, such as compost facilities, CO2, biomass, and water are produced.

It does not change the physical properties of the plastic part enabling products to maintain their normal shelf life and tensile strength, whilst benefitting from enhanced biodegradation.

the plastic consists of the special formulation to allow biodegrade in compost, marine (ocean) and landfill environments. The plastic is broken down by over 600 different microbes that are only found in these environments.

The formula is food safe and has been tested to, and complies with, several international standards including ASTM D5526 & ASTM D5511, for anaerobic systems, and ASTM D5338/ISO 17088 for aerobic systems.

Microorganism produces enzyme

Enzyme breaks down plastic

Microorganism consumes the decomposition products of that reaction

Mircroorganism releases CO2 H2O

Test and Results of Formulation: ASTM D 5511-11 test update

Our team of packaging technologists will work with you to create your desired bottle and develop a pack that will not only protect the environment by being biodegradable but also create a positive, social responsible message with your customers.

Be a Packaging Leader.
Become Environmentally Friendly.

Make 2020 the year your packaging becomes biodegradable.

Become Biodegradable Today!

Technical Partner:
Biospherte

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