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The Role of BDP® in Landfills, Ocean and Soil

At Change Plastic for Good, we are pioneering a ground-breaking approach to tackling the issue of plastic waste with our innovative BDP® ingredient. This unique organic ingredient is blended seamlessly with all types of plastics and is designed to accelerate the decomposition of plastics. With BDP®, we are turning plastic into a food source for microbes, revolutionizing the way we handle plastic waste. BDP® doesn’t affect recycling so it remains circular, but more importantly we move into regeneration when exploring the potential of plastics creating clean energy and compost.

What is BDP?

BDP® is an organic biotechnology, initially developed from medical industry technologies used in products like sutures. BDP® is comprised of organic nutrients and compounds that allow plastics to become food for microbes. When plastic products containing BDP® are discarded, these organic compounds attract microbes which then begin to digest the plastic, converting it into organic, safe and even valuable compounds like natural gas and compost. This process significantly speeds up the decomposition of plastics, reducing the centuries-long lifespan of plastic waste in landfills and oceans to just a few years.

How Does BDP® Work?

BDP® functions by making plastics irresistible to microbes in environments like landfills, soil, digesters and oceans. When plastics treated with BDP® are disposed of, the microbes are drawn to them, creating a biofilm. This biofilm renders the plastic hydrophilic, or “water-loving”, which leads to the breakdown of individual polymer chains and makes the plastic biodegradable. The microbes then consume the polymer matrix, thereby, speeding up the decomposition process in these environments.

Sustainability and Environmental Impact

BDP® does not alter the inherent properties of plastics, such as strength or durability. It can be easily integrated into the manufacturing process of various plastic products, including PET, PVC, nylon, and polystyrene, without requiring additional machinery or significant changes to the manufacturing process.

The Role of BDP® in Landfills

Trash and municipal solid waste production is steadily increasing year over year. At this rate, the number of landfills will have to increase, while the ones that are already operational continue to run out of space. Plastic accounts for around 20% of landfill waste. If all plastic products were made with BDP®, landfill space would be increased as the plastic decomposes along with organic waste. Most modern landfills in the U.S. capture biogas from decomposing organic waste. They use this energy to power the landfill and feed into the grid. Although BDP® produces very little biogas and converts mainly to compost, it will contribute to the production of valuable biogas.

The Role of BDP® in Oceans

It is estimated that our oceans are polluted with 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic waste. Products like rubber tires and clothing are the main contributors to ocean microplastics which we have no solution for. It is impossible to clean up microplastics in the ocean.

Adding BDP® to rubber tires and clothing allow these microplastics that end up in our oceans to be consumed by ocean bacteria so they do not persist in nature. We can help protect the ocean’s ecosystem while also preventing the endangerment of fish and other animals that call the ocean home.

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Industry Adoption and Consumer Awareness

The use of BDP® in plastics signifies a commitment to environmental sustainability, a factor increasingly important to consumers. By choosing products with the Change Plastic for Good butterfly symbol, consumers are supporting efforts to reduce plastic waste and promote a more sustainable approach to plastic use. The butterfly represents truth in sustainability with no room for greenwashing. The butterfly will be recognized by consumers as the gold standard in sustainability.

If you would like to discuss a partnership with Change Plastic for Good and join the sustainable ‘truth’ movement, feel free to email us at info@changeplasticforgood.com.