Maverick Enterprises
Biodegradable Plastics
                              Comparison Chart 
          Green Film VS Biobased, Oxy-Degradable

 

Green Film

 

Oxy  Degradables*

Bioplastics ** 

100% Biodegradable in landfills

 

   yes

     no

   no

Recommended for areas with litter problems

   no

     yes

   no

100% recyclable with mainstream plastics

   yes

     no   

   no

Backyard compostable

   yes

     no 

   no  

Special storage conditions required

   no  

     yes

   yes

Shelf life: has expiration dates

   no

     yes

   yes

Will degrade when exposed to high heat or sunlight

   
    no 

     yes

    
   yes

Will break down only into little pieces after degradation

   
    no 

       
     yes

   
   no

Degradation begins at time of disposal; not before

    yes

     no  

   no

Will compost in commercial and municipal composts

    no

      no 

   yes

Leaves heavy chemicals behind after degrading

   no    

      yes

   no

Needs a minimum of 6 Hours of sunlight in order to degrade

   no     


      yes

   no

Needs oxygen in order to degrade

   no     

      yes

   yes

 

 

* Oxy degradable companies such as EPI Environmental Products, Symphony Environmental, and Willow Ridge Plastics

** PLA, Mater-Bi, PHB, and combinations furnished by NatureWorks, Novamont, etc

 

Green Film meets ASTM 5511: Standard test method for determining anaerobic biodegradation of plastic materials under high solids anaerobic digestion conditions. (These are the conditions for landfills.)

 

Green Film Natural meets  ISO 14855: Standard method for determining aerobic biodegradation of plastic materials under controlled composting conditions which is equivalent to CENprEN WI 261085 and method. Evaluation of the ultimate aerobic biodegradability and ASTM 5338.98 disintegration of plastics under controlled composting conditions.

 

Oxy degradables meet ASTM D 6954–04: Standard tests for the oxidation and biodegradation of plastics that require thermal (heat), photo oxidation (UV rays from sunlight) and/or mechanical stress to initiate degradation.

 

Biobased plastics meet ASTM 6400:  Standard tests for plastics that are designed to be composted in municipal and industrial aerobic composting facilities. They must compost in no more than 180 days.