Factors Affecting Plastic Decomposition with BDP®

BDP®  is an innovative solution that can be added to plastic during the manufacturing process to make plastic irresistible to microbes. Change Plastic for Good® is leading the charge with its BDP® ingredient, designed to accelerate the biodegradation process of plastics, rubber, foam, and synthetic fabrics. This ground-breaking technology ensures that products do not hang around for centuries in landfills, oceans, or soil, which poses a threat to our planet; however, in order to maximize the potential of BDP®, it is important to understand the factors affecting the biodegradation efficiency.

  1. Product Configuration

The design and configuration of a product can significantly impact the biodegradation process of materials containing BDP®. The thickness, shape, and overall surface area of the product determine the amount of material exposed to the naturally occurring bacteria that do the work. Generally, products with greater surface areas or those designed to expose more of the plastic to the environment will decompose faster than compact, thick products with less surface exposure.

  1. Solid Content

The solid content and liquid content of the environment to which BDP® treated plastics are in, play a pivotal role in the decomposition process. Materials with higher organic content are more susceptible to microbial attack, which is a key component of biodegradation.

The presence of BDP® in these materials can accelerate this process by increasing microbial activity, leading to quicker digestion rate; however, the effectiveness of achieving true plastic sustainability can vary depending on the specific makeup of the material, highlighting the importance of tailored solutions for different types of plastics and products.

  1. Temperature

Temperature is a critical factor affecting the biodegradation rate of BDP® treated materials. Microbial activity, which is essential for biodegradation, increases with temperature. In warmer wetter conditions, microbes thrive, accelerating the biodegradation process.

Conversely, in cooler environments, microbial activity slows down, leading to a slower biodegradation rate. This variability underscores the importance of considering local climate conditions when assessing the potential biodegradation timeline of BDP® treated products.

  1. Moisture Levels

Moisture is another crucial factor that influences BDP® biodegradation. Microorganisms responsible for breaking down organic materials require water to survive and function; therefore, the presence of moisture can significantly enhance microbial activity, promoting faster biodegradation. Landfills with higher moisture levels can facilitate quicker digestion of BDP® treated plastics compared to dry landfills where microbial activity may be limited.

  1. Environmental Considerations

The overall environment of the landfill, including its pH, oxygen levels, and the presence of other organic materials, can affect the biodegradation process. BDP® is designed to work within a range of environmental conditions, but extreme conditions can either hinder or enhance the process.

Change Plastic for Good’s BDP polymer represents a significant advancement in our fight against plastic pollution. If you want to help the planet and be a part of the global initiative, you can in touch with us via our online contact form.