Because hundreds of millions of bottles of plastic waste are entering the world’s environment every day, and will remain there for decades. In no country is it possible to collect all the plastic for recycling or other forms of responsible disposal. So we needed to develop a better alternative.

BioBottles™ with built in Plastic IQ™ Technology is an environmentally responsible solution for your nutritional and pharmaceutical packaging needs. BioBottles™ transform ordinary plastic at the end of its useful life—in the presence of UV exposure, oxygen and temperature—into a more earth friendly material.

By injecting BioBottles™ with our proprietary Plastic IQ™ Technology. Bacteria and microorganisms are stimulated into thinking the plastic is a natural food source. Resulting in the accelerated decay of the plastic by consumption, leaving behind only Oxygen, Co2 and Renewable Organic Material.

Yes. BioBottles™ pass all the usual ecotoxicity tests, including seed germination, plant growth and organism survival (daphnia, earthworms) tests carried out in accordance with OECD standards.

BioBottles™ plastic degrades and biodegrades in the open environment in the same way as nature’s wastes, only quicker. What’s more, it does so without leaving any toxic residues or fragments of plastic behind.
The process continues until the material has biodegraded to nothing more than CO2, water, and humus. It does not leave fragments of petro-polymers in the soil.

Oxo-biodegradable plastic has been studied by scientists for many years http://www.biodeg.org/bibliography.html most recently at the Technical Research Institute of Sweden and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, and a peer-reviewed report of the work was published in Vol 96 of the journal of Polymer Degradation & Stability (2011) at page 919-928. They found 91% biodegradation within 24 months.

Furthermore, ten governments in the world have examined this technology very carefully and realized that oxo-biodegradable plastic offers a solution to plastic waste that escapes into the open environment and cannot realistically be collected. They have legislated to make oxo-biodegradable plastic mandatory, because it does not just fragment. It biodegrades.
The process continues until the material has biodegraded to nothing more than CO2, water, and humus. It does not leave fragments of petro-polymers in the soil.

Yes. BioBottles™ with Plastic IQ™ technology are food grade and FDA compliant for long-term contact with any food type at temperatures up to 40°C according to European regulations. RAPRA is accredited by the United Kingdom accreditation authorities as meeting the requirements of International Standards Organization norm no.17025. BioBottles™ plastics are also certified as compliant with FDA requirements in the US.

Biodegradation typically begins to occurs within 12 months of a BioBottles™ being exposed to ideal environmental conditions which include UV, oxygen and temperature.

Yes, BioBottles™ can be recycled as part of a normal plastic waste stream (see http://www.biodeg.org/recycling.html. However, if the plastic is not collected it cannot of course be recycled, so it needs to degrade instead of accumulating.

BioBottles™ do not degrade quickly in low temperature “windrow” composting, and it will not therefore pass the tests in EN13432 in the timescale there specified, but it is suitable for “in-vessel” composting at the higher temperatures required by the new EU animal by-products regulations.

BioBottles™ plastics fragment and partially biodegrade to CO2 and water in the parts of the landfill where oxygen is present, but degradation cannot continue deeper in the landfill in the absence of oxygen.