n South African Food Review - 'Oxo-biodegradable plastic is excellent recyclable material'

Volume 37, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0379-6000



Biodegradation is degradation through composition of starch-based products. Oxo-biodegradation is degradation by accelerated reduction in molecular weight to a level where micro-organisms consume the item. Oxo-degradability refers to a two stage process - oxidation followed by biodegradation. The oxidation phase is brought about by the action of the prodegradant catalyst in the presence of oxygen and accelerated by heat and light. It is controlled by antioxidant additives. The process brings about a controlled oxidative breakdown of the plastic.

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