Today, the Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance (BFA) has taken a position on Oxo-Degradable Additives. Oxo-degradable additives are substances added to conventional plastics with the intention of promoting oxidation, which brittles and fragments materials with the intention of enabling fragments to be digested by microorganisms.
BFA supports the responsible development of plastics made from plant material and works to build a more sustainable future for the bioplastics industry. BFA has taken the step of aligning on this issue even though it is out of the direct scope of the Alliance’s focus, due to our concern about these additives.
The statement specifically notes:
Marine and terrestrial waste is an urgent issue that can have a range of impacts on the environment and human health, however, oxo-degradable additives are not the solution to this challenge. Please see the full position here.