The Science

Allowing Mother Nature
to do her thing


Plastic can last in our environment for hundreds, even thousands of years. Our revolutionary organic ingredient allows naturally occurring microorganisms in landfill, oceans and soil to consume the plastic.

The Products
  • Plastic biodegradation
    Did you know?
    Mother nature has personally thanked us for BDP™?
  • How it works

    Microorganisms love carbon ... in small bits! The naturally occurring microorganisms that live in landfills love carbon ... and landfills have a lot of it. There is a lot of carbon in plastic but they are in super long chains called polymers. Microorganisms find these long chain polymers hard to eat, until now!

    Landfill Friendly plastic
    Plastic Polymer

    Let’s get technical

    In a microbe-rich environment, BDP™ attracts microbes and these microbes start colonizing on the surface of the plastic. The enzymes secreted by the microbes render the plastic hydrophilic (water-loving). As a result, a film (bio- film) which is rich in microbes and moisture forms on and adheres to the surface of the plastic. Microbes then hydrolyze the plastic using secreted enzymes and water. As the individual polymer chains are broken down into single monomers, the microbes consume the polymer matrix. During this process, the microbes send out a signal, attracting more microbes to feed on the plastic mass. At the end, most of the CO2 and other materials formed during the earlier stages are consumed, leaving behind mostly methane which is captured for clean energy.

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    Frequently wondered questions

    Plastic Biodegradable

    How is it added
    to plastic?

    It's not magic!

    BDP™ is a drop in polymer, added to the manufacturing process of products in the same was that colorant is added.

    Landfill Friendly Plastic

    How strong is the
    plastic after
    treatment?

    Just like traditional plastic!

    The answer is so simple: just as strong as plastics without our polymer.

    Organic Polymers

    How long does
    treated plastic last on store shelves?

    As long as normal plastic.

    Just as long as regular plastic! It is only in a microbe rich environment without oxygen that the microbes will begin to digest the plastic. A store shelf is not this type of environment.

    Life span of BDP™ plastic

    From manufacturing to consumer to end of life - this is what happens to plastic.

    Plastic Polymer
    Biodegradable Plastic

    Manufacturing During regular manufacturing, BDP™ is added to the plastic material. There is no change to the traditional manufacturing process thanks to BDP™'s ‘drop-in’ technology. It is added just like a colorant!

    Plastic Polymer
    Breakdown Plastic

    Retail stores Buy your groceries and throw them in a BDP™ bag.

    Plastic Breakdown biodegredation

    DisposalAfter you unpack your groceries, return your bag or recycle it. Unfortunately not all people are as responsible as you are and these bags end up being thrown in the trash.

    Disposable Plastic Alternative
    Landfill Friendly Plastic Alternative

    Landfill79% of all plastic sits in a landfill today and its most likely your bag will end up here too...or worse, in the ocean. At least your bag is made with BDP™!

    Organic Plastic

    The Power of BDP™ Within the next few years, your bag will become a source of food for microbes in the landfill or ocean, leaving behind no microplastics...just natural remnants**.

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    Organic Polymer Plastic Alternative

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    ** We have tested PE bags via ASTM D5511 which has shown enhanced biodegradation of 12.60% after 60 days. No further testing was carried out. We have tested PET yarn via ASTM D5511 which has shown enhanced biodegradation of 8.52% after 45 days and 84.1% after 423 days. We have tested polyester yarn via ASTM D6691 which has shown enhanced biodegradation in a sea water innoculum of 55.1% after 423 days (as opposed to 2.1% after 409 days with non treated standard polyester yarn)