Adding EcoPure® to the manufacturing process creates a catalyst for biodegradation* when the plastic product reaches the landfill. EcoPure® allows microbes to create a biofilm that coats the plastic. The microorganisms in the biofilm penetrate the plastic and expand the molecular structure to make room for microbes that send out chemical signals, a part of the quorum sensing process, that attract other microbes. Through this process, the microbes break down the chemical bonds of polymer chains at an accelerated rate.
Our standard additives are engineered to work on many different types of plastics, including EVA, HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE, nylons, PET, PETG, polycarbonate and PP. All of our organic additives are thoroughly tested using the ASTM D5511 method. The method measures the amount of methane and carbonaceous gases that are released by the microorganisms breaking down the plastic material. It demonstrates how quickly EcoPure® treated plastic is broken down in relation to untreated plastic.