Polymateria

Polymateria is a British business developing a new standard in biodegradable and compostable plastics. Our scientists have created a breakthrough proprietary formulation for plastics called Biotransformation, that allows base materials, such as PP and PE, to fully biodegrade in the natural environment.

Drop-in masterbatch

Biodegradable & Compostable

Can be recycled

Made in the UK

What is Biotransformation?

Polymateria’s revolutionary Biotransformation technology is a new approach to ensuring that plastic which has escaped refuse streams can fully biodegrade in the natural environment.

How it’s applied

Formulated as a drop-in Masterbatch.

Each Masterbatch is tailored to the resin’s footprint, application profile and required use life.

Fully compatible with the normal plastic conversion processes.

Typical loading rate: 2% weight percentage (wt%).

How it works

Masterbatch is designed, tested and made bespoke to the resin,
resin grade and application.

1.

Dormant application

Giving recycling every chance to happen and maintaining full shelf lives during the life of the packaging, our proprietary formulation lies dormant – users wouldn’t even know it’s there (the way it should be).

2.

Chemical transformation

In line with the agreed timing, the formulation gets to work by triggering a catalytic process that actively targets the crystalline regions within polymer chains to radically cleave them apart.

Utilises four different natural agents of decay

3.

Biological consumption

With a reduction in length of the carbon chains, nature is able to reengage with the product as it is handed back its ability to decompose within the environment via nature’s four agents of decay – light, air, moisture and microbes.

Complete biodegradation 
of the plastic

4.

No microplastics

Our technology results in absolutely no microplastics whatsoever. All that’s left is carbon dioxide, water and microbes (biomass).

Potential applications

Rigid packaging – long service life (6 months – 3 years)

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

Deli containers

  • Disposable
  • Injection moulded or thermoformed PP
  • Thickness: 100-500 microns

Fruit punnets

  • Disposable
  • Injection moulded or thermoformed PP
  • Thickness: up to 800 microns

Hot snacks

  • On-the-go and disposable
  • Injection moulded PP
  • Microwavable
  • Thickness: up to 500 microns

Fresh ready meal and soup pots

  • Disposable
  • Injection moulded PP
  • Microwavable
  • Thickness: up to 800 microns

Dairy pots and tubs

  • Disposable
  • Injection moulded or Thermoformed PP
  • Thickness: up to 500 microns

Bottles

  • Disposable
  • Blow moulded, Injection blow moulded PP
  • Thickness: up to 500 microns

Sweet snacks containers

  • Disposable
  • Thin wall injection moulded PP
  • Thickness: up to 800 microns

Cups

  • Single use
  • Injection moulded or thermoformed PP
  • Thickness: up to 500 microns

Caps and closures

  • Injection moulded PP or LDPE

Secondary packaging films

  • Shrink wrap film, Bubble film
  • Mono and multi-layer
  • LLDPE, LDPE

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.

Netting

  • Fruit nets
  • Horticulture nets

Primary Films

  • Food packaging, commercial packaging
  • Mono and multi-layer
  • PP, LLDPE, LDPE

BOPP Films

  • Snacks packaging, tobacco films, labels
  • Mono and multi-layer

Top seal films

  • Food packaging, commercial packaging
  • Mono and multi-layer
  • PP, LLDPE, LDPE

Secondary packaging films

  • Shrink wrap film, Bubble film
  • Mono and multi-layer
  • LLDPE, LDPE

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