Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Association respond to Ellen MacArthur Foundation criticism

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The EMF claim oxo-degradable plastics do not safely biodegrade

The Oxo-Biodegradable Plastics Association (OPA) has released a response to an Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) report which called for a ban on oxo-biodegradable plastics (OBP).

According to the EMF, oxo-degradable plastics do not safely biodegrade naturally and instead break into small pieces, adding to a growing problem of microplastic pollution.

However the OPA deny this, claiming OBP is an upgrade to ordinary plastic and can make a huge contribution to cutting down on the “crisis caused by plastic waste.”

It says the alternative suggested by the EMF, bio-plastic, is 400% more expensive with 50% or more of its composition made from petro-chemicals.

Eunomia consultants were appointed by the European Commission to report on OBP.

They said: “The debate around the biodegradability of OBP is not finalised, but should move forward from the assertion that it merely fragments, towards confirming whether the timeframes observed for total biodegradation are acceptable from an environmental point of view and whether this is likely to take place in natural environments.”

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