Canadian Packaging

UK Firm Launches Biodegradeable Packaging


August 18, 2009
by Canadian Packaging Staff

M&H Plastics, a London, U.K.-based supplier of plastic components and manufacturer of bottles, jars, flexible tubes and closures, has launched a biodegradable product for use in its blow moulded HDPE bottles, Polyethylene tubes and PP jars and moulded caps.

The product disintegrates in soil at a fraction of the normal plastic decomposition rate providing positive environmental benefits where that product is unlikely to be recycled.

An oxo-biodegradable blend works by breaking down polymer chains to make them brittle thereby ensuring polymers degrade in a similar way to other compostable materials. It looks like a normal plastic product and has the same properties until placed in the waste stream when UV light starts the degradation process
 
This means M&H can offer plastic components that degrade in five to 10 years; a fraction of the usual degradation time.

One hundred per cent biodegradable labels incorporating a biodegradable adhesive are also available which biodegrade completely within days of being discarded.
 
Simon Chidgey, sales and marketing director of M&H says: “This is a new addition to the range of materials M&H can offer to meet increased demand for sustainable products. These include post-consumer regrind, post-industrial regrind and PLA (polylactic acid). We believe that a small change can make a big difference and are continually striving towards a business that has minimal impact on the environment.’’
 
For more information from M&H or to request a sample, call +44 (0) 1502 715518 or e-mail marketing@mhplastics.com or visit the Web-site: www.mhplastics.com.