There’s just too much plastic in the world. We’re drowning in it. But an enterprising French company hopes to change all that with the invention of a compound called Evanesto. The enzyme based material is added to conventional PLA plastic at the manufacturing stage, which then turns it into something which can be composted in less than 200 days. Proper compost. The company, called Carbiolice, claim that the enzymes can be used for all forms of plastic packaging, tableware or other PLA products. And the breakdown occurs naturally, without any artificial stimulus.
In a test, they found that a PLA film with Evanesto included can breakdown in 143 days under ‘normal’ home type conditions. Of course PLA, being plant based, is biodegradable anyway, but this process speeds it up considerably. The big question is whether the cost of the process will be low enough to encourage widespread manufacturer adoption. Hopefully it will. [Via]