Plastic Waste Impacts
While plastics have added convenience to our lives, the environmental effects of plastic pollution persist.
Plastic Products Can Persist in Landfills For Hundreds of Years
Flexible, resilient, and durable – plastics have facilitated innovation and convenience in almost every area of American life. From our medical supplies to our food storage containers, plastic is a commonplace and inexpensive solution for many Americans. But, plastic is not without its flaws. Strong polymers in plastic are extremely resistant to natural biodegradation* processes. This means that traditional plastic products can persist in landfills for hundreds of years, if not indefinitely.
Consider the lifespan of these popular plastic products:
There is no denying their benefit, but how do we manage persistent plastic waste at the point of production? While it only takes 12 minutes to create a plastic bag, it takes 500 years, or more, for the plastic to completely biodegrade* in a landfill. At the very least, that’s over five normal human life spans.
At Bio-Tec Environmental, we do not believe eliminating plastics from personal or business use is the answer. Plastics are not the problem – the science and manufacturing process is.
Our solution is EcoPure®. In an actively managed landfill, EcoPure® allows plastics to break down naturally and biodegrade*. This revolutionary plastic additive is readily available and easy to add into any existing polymer manufacturing process, requiring no retooling or upgrades to existing equipment.