Flexible packaging:
Short service life (< 6 months)

Polymateria’s DegrAid product is designed specifically for end of life situations where recycling is not an option, e.g sealant films.

Rigid packaging:
Long service life (6 months to 3 years)

Polymateria’s Cycle+ brings advanced biodegradation technology to different types of plastic, without affecting its recyclability within the product’s use life.

Our next-gen sustainable products

Toilet paper bag

Flower sleeves

Produce bags

Confectionary wrappers & labels

Bread Bags

Detergent bottle

Drinking straws

Thin wall containers

Drinking cups

Garment Polybags

Stretch film

Shrink wrap

NEXT-GEN SUSTAINABLE

Toilet paper bag

Toilet paper bag (but not limited to)

P/F CriteriaToilet paper bag
– 50 micron
Toilet paper bag
– 50 micron, matte finish
ThicknessMicrons5050
Manufacturing processBlown Film ExtrusionBlown Film Extrusion
Pigments/AdditivesNoneNone
CI>11.591.18
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%97.8%96.2%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da533 Da1,067 Da
Mz (Da)

Graph showing the % biodegradation of the samples over time

The results show the % biodegradation of toilet paper bags containing Polymateria’s technology weathered to the strict Pass/Fail criteria specified in PAS 9017:2020. To mimic the natural environment, the biodegradation of the resulting wax was carried out in natural soil.

Naturally occurring microbes such as bacteria and fungi recognised the wax as a food source and converted the wax to carbon dioxide through a process known as respiration. The % biodegradation was calculated by determining the conversion of the total organic carbon in the wax into carbon dioxide. While standard laboratory methods allow a two-year long testing period, the resulting wax from Polymateria’s technology achieved greater than 90 % biodegradation in less than a year.

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Flower sleeves

Flower Sleeves includes (but not limited to)

P/F Criteria
Flower Sleeve
ThicknessMicrons25
Manufacturing processExtrusion + Biorentation
Pigments/AdditivesNone
CI>11.22
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%97.4%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da1,850 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da26,789 Da

Produce bags

Range of Produce Bags includes (but not limited to)

P/F Criteria
Polyethylene Bag
ThicknessMicrons14
Manufacturing processBlown Film Extrusion
Pigments/Additives4% CaCO3
CI>11.59
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%97.5%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da667 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da8,000 Da

NEXT-GEN SUSTAINABLE

Confectionary wrappers & labels

Range of Wrappers and Labels (but not limited to)

P/F Criteria
Three-layer BOPP

Five-layer BOPP
ThicknessMicrons2525
Manufacturing processExtrusion + BiorentationExtrusion + Biorentation
Pigments/AdditivesNoneNone
CI>11.191.22
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%97.6%97.4%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da3,850 Da1,850 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da15,000 Da26,789 Da

NEXT-GEN SUSTAINABLE

Bread Bags

Range of Bread Bags (but not limited to)

P/F Criteria
3 Layered Films

Multi-layer PP+PE Films

Multi-layer PE Films
ThicknessMicrons501960
Manufacturing processBlown FilmBlown FilmBlown Film
Pigments/AdditivesNoneNoneNone
CI>11.181.381.17
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%92.5%96.9%93.2%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da1,757 Da1,020 Da1,400 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da28,167 Da10,667 Da28,769 Da

NEXT-GEN SUSTAINABLE

Detergent bottle

Detergent Bottle (but not limited to)

P/F Criteria
Detergent Bottle
ThicknessMicrons800
Manufacturing processInjection Moulding
Pigments/AdditivesNone
CI>12.12
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%98.8%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da1,867 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da11,200 Da

Graph showing the % biodegradation of the samples over time

The results show the % biodegradation of a detergent bottle containing Polymateria’s technology weathered to the strict Pass/Fail criteria specified in PAS 9017:2020. To mimic the natural environment, the biodegradation of the resulting wax was carried out in natural soil.

Naturally occurring microbes such as bacteria and fungi recognised the wax as a food source and converted the wax to carbon dioxide through a process known as respiration. The % biodegradation was calculated by determining the conversion of the total organic carbon in the wax into carbon dioxide. While standard laboratory methods allow a two-year long testing period, the resulting wax from Polymateria’s technology achieved greater than 90 % biodegradation in less than a year.

NEXT-GEN SUSTAINABLE

Drinking straws

Range of Drinking Straws includes (but not limited to)

P/F Criteria
Straw

Straw Sleeve
ThicknessMicrons16019
Manufacturing processDie ExtrusionBlown Film
Pigments/AdditivesNoneNone
CI>11.231.38
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%97.9%96.9%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da1,710 Da1,020 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da19,667 Da10,667 Da

Thin wall containers

Range of Thin Wall PP Containers includes (but not limited to)

P/F Criteria
PP Container

PP Dessert Pot

PP Noodle Pot

PP Ice Cream Tub
ThicknessMicrons700300-400650500
Manufacturing processThermoformingInjection MouldingInjection MouldingInjection Moulding
Pigments/AdditivesBlack (2-3%)Yellow (0.2%)Yellow (2%)Silver (2%)
CI>11.601.371.601.62
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%98.6%97.8%96.3%97.8%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da1,967 Da1,433 Da2,709 Da1,667 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da16,200 Da16,333 Da9,675 Da11,000 Da

NEXT-GEN SUSTAINABLE

Drinking cups

Range of cups includes (but not limited to)

P/F Criteria
0.2-0.3L Cup

0.5L Cup

0.5L Cup
ThicknessMicrons200300500
Manufacturing processThermoformedThermoformedInjection Moulding
Pigments/AdditivesNoneNoneNone
CI>11.271.381.09
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%97.7%98.2%96.9%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da2,267 Da2,267 Da3,833 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da14,667 Da9,499 Da19,667 Da

NEXT-GEN SUSTAINABLE

Garment Polybags

Range on Garment/Polybags (but not limited to)

P/F Criteria
Thick Polyethylene Garment Bag

Thin Polyethylene Garment Bag

Clothing Label Tag
ThicknessMicrons1007530
Manufacturing processBlown Film ExtrusionBlown Film ExtrusionInjection Moulding
Pigments/AdditivesNoneNoneNone
CI>11.531.712.10
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%96.2%97.1%98.6%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da1,017 Da760 Da1,149 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da9,667 Da6,800 Da6,361 Da

NEXT-GEN SUSTAINABLE

Stretch film

Stretch Film includes (but not limited to)

P/F Criteria
Stretch Film
ThicknessMicrons20
Manufacturing processCast Film Extrusion
Pigments/AdditivesA Green MB and a Processing aid
CI>11.38
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%96.3%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da900 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da8,667 Da

NEXT-GEN SUSTAINABLE

Shrink wrap

P/F Criteria
Mono-layer Shrink

Multi-layer Shrink

Multi-layer Shrink Containing 29% HDPE

Multi-layer Shrink Containing 31% HDPE

Bubble Wrap
ThicknessMicrons87.560702560
Manufacturing processBlown FilmBlown FilmBlown FilmBlown FilmExtrusion
Pigments/AdditivesNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
CI>11.871.731.631.772.04
Reduction in Mw (%)>90%98.3%93.2%96.4%96.6%98.3%
Mn (Da)<5,000 Da507 Da1,400 Da1,100 Da1,130 Da410 Da
Mz (Da)<30,000 Da19,333 Da28,769 Da20,000 Da16,333 Da3,867 Da

Graph showing the % biodegradation of the samples over time

The results show the % biodegradation of a Multi-layered polyethylene shrink wrap containing Polymateria’s technology weathered to the strict Pass/Fail criteria specified in PAS 9017:2020. To mimic the natural environment, the biodegradation of the resulting wax was carried out in natural soil.

Naturally occurring microbes such as bacteria and fungi recognised the wax as a food source and converted the wax to carbon dioxide through a process known as respiration. The % biodegradation was calculated by determining the conversion of the total organic carbon in the wax into carbon dioxide. While standard laboratory methods allow a two-year long testing period, the resulting wax from Polymateria’s technology achieved greater than 90 % biodegradation in less than a year.