How long does the film take to degrade?

Our Biodegradable air cushions contain an additive that accelerates biodegradation when in the presence of microorganisms. The rate and time for biodegradation varies depending on conditions.

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    Marisa Messina

    [Marisa testing with made up question]: Can you give a range so people have some idea? My daughter is thinking of using it for a science experiment and needs to have a reasonable (quantified) starting hypothesis. Thanks!

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    Scott Borhauer

    Hello Marisa, thank you for your AWESOME question. Your daughter must have a very exciting science experiment, we would love to learn more. Since this is for a science experiment, we will answer this in a more scientific way:-)

    As for your question I will answer this in a 5 step process:

    Step 01 - Our biodegradable cushions contain an additive that accelerates degradation.

    Step 02- The additive is introduced to the plastics as a pellet, which is melted together with the plastic resin to form the packaging material.

    Step 03- The additive acts as a continued food source for microbial growth, permitting microorganisms to take root at the plastic's surface and within, forming biofilms (microbial colonies) that spread to other areas of the plastic.

    Step 04- The microorganisms (bacteria and fungi that are found in nature and in landfills) secrete enzymes and chemicals that weaken carbon bonds in the plastic, thus degrading it. The biodegradation can happen in both aerobic (with air) and anaerobic (without air) environments.

    Step 05- After biodegradation, the material has been transformed into carbon dioxide, water, and inert-humus soil with no heavy metals or harmful chemicals.

    NOTE: The rate and time for biodegradation varies depending on conditions. Example, would be location, AZ vs. NY.

    We hope this helps your daughter's experiment. As always, if you have any questions or concerns we are here to help.

    Thank you

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    Marisa Messina

    Thanks Scott! I just learned a lot! :)
    [to clarify, though, I don't have any kids in real life—although if I did, I hope they'd have science projects that cool!]

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