TimePlast™ COMPARED WITH OTHER GREEN TECHNOLOGY
The interpretation of biodegradable plastics has been misunderstood for many years. Top plastic manufacturers invest millions of dollars in biodegradable additives and/or bio-based polymers in order to market their products as “green” and environmentally friendly. While this has been done with the best intentions, it is misleading to the public and does not contribute to a greener world.
None of the fossil based polymers produced since their creation have ever gone away. The additives are marketed to biodegrade fossil based polymers, however, the additive alone is the part that biodegrades. Furthermore this harms the environment through bio-magnification as the plastics break down into microscopic pieces and are introduced to the food chain as toxic chemicals such as BPA.
Many “green” plastic manufacturers claim their products to be biodegradable with the use of oxo-biodegradable additives or bio-based polymers such as PLA. Manufacturers claim that their products will degrade in a landfill within a certain time-frame. However, research shows that the result of these methods are either false or only attainable in a controlled laboratory environment.
Oxo-degradable plastics are produced and sold globally leading society to believe they will safely biodegrade in nature
Oxygen is the major requirement for oxo-biodegradable additives to biodegrade. According to the EPA, there is less than 1% of Oxygen present in landfills. It is clear that these products are not doing what they are marketed to do which is misleading to society and harmful for the environment.
In contrast, TimePlast induces the formation of micro wax from the moment the plastic is manufactured. As the plastic breaks down in nature, the molecular fragments will have the life span of benign wax. TimePlast-treated plastic also yields superior performance in the recycling stream. The end result is equivalent in quality to a 98.4% virgin plastic + 1.6% recycled plastic mix.
An independent study conducted by Datapoint Laboratories, in Ithaca, New York, on October 2017, confirmed that TimePlast-treated plastic only loses 1.6% of quality per recycling cycle, as opposed to a 79% loss rate for virgin plastic and a 307.5% increase in Izod Notched Impact Resistance (which represents the energy required to break plastic).
TimePlast VS. OXO-DEGRADABLE TECHNOLOGY
TimePlast uses liquid components that match the nature of the polymer treated. 100% of the solvents and other elements used to alter the polymer chain are selected for their phasing point, so we can program them to phase out during the extrusion process.
In this way, TimePlast compounds do their job and then leave no trace in the final product.
Oxo-degradable technologies use solid forms of elements and components that are not blended homogeneously inside the polymer chain, essentially leaving a pollutant factor in the plastic which negatively impacts the recycling stream.
TimePlast does not degrade in the environment as a biodegradable element, because nature cannot digest plastic, it can only fragment it. For that matter, TimePlast focuses on achieving the optimal potential length of the polymer chain during the manufacturing process by inducing the micro-formation of wax. The results produce a positive ecological effect when the plastic finally fragments in nature.
100% of the requirements that our technology needs to function at optimal levels are provided. TimePlast's requirements include: heat from the extrusion process, solvents, oxidants, plasticizers, strengtheners, carriers, and a physical cooling phase to stop the chemical reaction. All of those requirements are met when a plastic is manufactured with our proprietary liquid and computerized delivery system.
Oxo-degradability does not produce a wax byproduct. The end product of so-called oxo-biodegradation is micro-plastic.
Oxo-degradable technology requires unmet specific levels of water, oxygen, enzymes and soil bacteria just to begin any factual alteration of the plastic. Degradability can only occur if the environmental conditions in which the plastic finally ends up happens to have the same conditions present in the laboratory.