how Biodegradable Future works

Microorganisms are naturally attracted to carbon, a compound that plastic contains. However, the carbon strains in plastic (polymers) are too long making them impossible for microbes to break them down. Our additive changes the DNA of regular plastic to make it easily biodegrade when it comes into contact with microbes in landfills, soil and oceans.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND OUR ADDITIVES

Our patent technology is created on the fundamentals of building polymers and depolymerization. In the molecular world, the small sub-units that link together to form larger molecules are called monomers. Once they are linked together, they form a polymer (“multiple units”). The linking of monomers happens during a process called dehydration synthesis. The process is named this because monomers are coming together and synthesizing a polymer by dehydrating, or removing the water molecule. This is exactly how a polymer is formed.

Tested using the ASTM D5511 method.

The hydrolyzation of monomers is the synthesis of our product. This is accomplished by adding water and moisture to the bonds. Our additives contain key ingredients that introduce specific elements into the polymer structure which inevitably enable hydrolyzation.

The microbes then begin to produce enzymes, which play a key role in the organic cycle that produce reactions. These reactions create catalysts formed by bacteria and help speed up the metabolism. Our additives boost the ATP, which helps carry more energy back to the pyruvic acid (anaerobic) or the acetyl CoA cycles. This then turns proteins or lipids from the Pyruvic Acid cycle and acetyl CoA cycle.

Biodegradable Future additives are designed to work on a variety of different plastic types, including PETG, PET, nylons, PP, EVA, HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, polycarbonate and PP. Our product has been tested using the ASTM D5511 method. This test measures the amount of methane and carbonaceous gases released by the microorganisms breaking down the plastic. This test provides the evidence necessary to prove how quickly our treated plastic biodegrades in relation to untreated plastic.

BIODEGRADABLE FUTURE ADDITIVES: TESTED AND PROVEN

ASTM D5338 is a standard test that measures aerobic bio-degradation of plastic materials under controlled composting conditions. Standard testing for ASTM D5338 is a minimum of 90 days in an aerobic and controlled composting environment. The test data proves that we have a 98% degradable product within 136 days.

ASTM D6691 is a standard test method for determining aerobic bio-degradation of plastic materials in the marine environment by a defined microbial consortium or natural sea water. The test data proves that we have a 92% degradable product within 250 days.

ASTM D5511 is a test method used to determine the rate of bio-degradation of plastic products in an anaerobic bio-digester environment that simulates a bio-degradation in a landfill environment. The test data proves that we have a biodegradable product.

*Biodegradation rates of our additive-treated plastic materials measured according to the ASTM D5511 test method. Actual biodegradation rates will vary in biologically active landfills, according to the type of plastic used, the product configuration and solid content, and the temperature and moisture of the landfills and environment.

 

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* Biodegradation rates of Bio Future's additives -treated plastic materials measured according to the ASTM D5511 test method. Tests are generally conducted using 20% to 30% solids content; solids content in naturally wetter landfills range from 55% to 65%, while the driest landfills may reach 93%. Actual biodegradation rates will vary in biologically-active landfills according to the type of plastic used, the product configuration, and the solid content, temperature and moisture levels of the landfill.