Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is meant by the term biodegradable?

A: A biodegradable product has the ability to be utilized as a carbon source by living microorganisms and convert safely into carbon dioxide, biomass and water. Microbial attack is started where the carbonyl group is found. These functional groups are introduced in polyethylene during the thermal chain-end-biodegradation process.

Q: What is meant by the term compostable?

A: Compostability is a process by which microbial living organisms transform the structure of chemicals through enzymatic action introduced into the environment. A managed process that involves the biological decomposition of biodegradable material to produce carbon dioxide, water, minerals, and organic matter (compost or humus).

Q: How does your bag differ from the normal plastic bag?

A: Non-biodegradable plastic bags do not break down and stays in the environment for 500-100 years which than become dangerous and hazardous to the environment and the wildlife. BIOPLAST® biodegradable bags on the other hand are broken down by enzyme and bacterial processes within the product within 6 months after disposal into the environment hence enhancing the nutritive value of the remaining soil.

Q: What is the difference between degradable and biodegradable bags?

A: Degradable products do not require living organisms to break down. Instead, chemical additives are used in the plastic to make it fragmentable, crumble more quickly into smaller pieces of plastic than it would otherwise. Thus, the plastic pollution problem is still there if not worsened as smaller / fragmented pieces of plastic litter can be more dangerous and hazardous to wildlife and to human food chain. Whereas BIOPLAST® biodegradable bags simply means to be consumed by living organisms’ enzyme and bacterial processes within the product. Biodegradable matter is generally organic material that serves as a nutrient for microorganisms. Microorganisms are
so numerous and diverse that, a huge range of compounds are biodegraded, hence enhancing the nutritive value of the remaining soil.

Q: What is the difference between starch plant-based biodegradable and polymer biodegradable bags?

A: Starch is the reserve carbohydrate of plants. The modification of its properties by chemical means is a key factor in its use in starch-based biodegradable bags. Starch-based products can comprise of genetically modified crops (GMO) and use pesticides which can be dangerous and hazardous to human food chain. They also do not break down in the
environment unless they are disposed in a commercial compost facility which are few and far between. They also do not recycle as they contaminate the main-stream recycling. BioEnzyme Technologies® is using its unique proprietary formula of Enzyme-Bacteria based substrate which is organic and non-toxic and it’s the only BioEnzyme Technology in the world that is completely biodegradable and compostable as per EN/ISO and ASTM
standards. BIOPLAST® biodegradable products breakdown in the environment by living organisms’ enzyme and bacterial processes within the product and the degradation results from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi and algae.

BIOPLAST® biodegradable products has the lowest cost addition compared to the other similar products and it can also be recycled.

Q: Are your products biopolymer or oxo degradable?

A: No – Our BIOPLAST® products produced by our unique chain-end-biodegradation formula is broken down by enzyme and bacterial processes within the product. Therefore, our unique BIOPLAST® products are neither a biopolymer nor an oxo-degradable additive.

Q: Are your products compostable?

A: Yes – BIOPLAST® products are biodegradable in composting conditions. Biodegradability and Compostability regulations mean that a product must be over 90% degraded within a 180- days period in accordance with European EN protocol for cellulose-based product. The microbial living organisms transform polyethylene within 180 days into CO2, water, and biomass without any toxic residues.

Q: What is the shelf life of your products?

A: BIOPLAST® products do not activate until it goes into open environment, landfill or composting. Our products have an average shelf life of up to 10 years in packed conditions.

Q: Do your products negatively affect the environment?

A: No – BIOPLAST® products are based on organic ingredients only and contains no heavy metals nor genetically modified crops (GMO) and are 100% non-toxic.

Q: Are your products food safe?

A: Yes – All BIOPLAST® products are food safe and certified according to US FDA 177.1520 Standards.

Q: How long does it take for the biodegradation to take place?

A: Our BIOPLAST products will start to biodegrade within 90 days in an open environment, landfill and under composting conditions. This also depends on the thickness of our product and on the correct bacterial, environmental, and atmospheric conditions.

Q: Are your products conforming to European EN 13432 Standards?

A: Yes – EN 13432 is a regulation designed to protect the integrity of biodegradation and industrial composting. The requirement is for fast biodegradation of products to be converted into CO2 and biomass. BIOPLAST® has carried out all relevant testing of its products successfully by recognized Laboratory's for European EN 13432:2000 / ISO 14855 standards.

Q: Is there a logo to indicate your product is biodegradable?

A: No – As it is new and cutting edge BioEnzyme Technology there is no specific protocol for PE based products at present, there are only symbols to indicate polymer type for recycling, however we have accreditation to cover our technology that normally only applies to cellulose-based products as per EN 13432 Standards.

Q: Can your product be recycled?

Yes – All our BIOPLAST® products can be fully recycled.

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