Biotransformed packaging that can be restored to nature

Polymateria and Toppan have released fully biodegradable packaging which leaves no microplastic and toxins behind. It involves quick biodegradation of biaxially oriented flexible-polypropylene of the food and cosmetic packaging.

03 Apr 2023 | By Aditya Ghosalkar

Polymateria’s innovative tech to play a vital role in reducing plastics pollution

A new breakthrough by sustainable plastic innovator Polymateria in partnership with Indian plastic manufacturer Toppan, has seen plastics biotransform in under four months and return to nature in just 176 days, leaving no microplastics or toxins behind. It’s one of the fastest, full biodegradation of bi-axially oriented polypropylene which is used in food and cosmetic packaging. The result was achieved using Polymateria’s innovative biotransformation technology, which is set to play a significant part in reducing plastic pollution in India and around the world.

Polymateria also worked with one of the world’s largest confectionery manufacturers to create rigid plastic packaging armed with biotransformation technology, which was measured to fully biodegrade in 230 days, breaking a previous record of 310 days. These twin breakthroughs mean that common packaging from candy wrappers to cigarette packaging could be made biodegradable with important impacts on the 11-mn tonnes of plastic waste which reach the ocean every year.

The first prototypes of biotransformed plastics developed through the partnership between Polymateria and Toppan were verified by the fully accredited AIMPLAS Technological Institute of Plastic laboratory in Spain, which tested the plastics under the ISO 17556 standard for biodegradability.

Mr Niall Dunne, CEO of Polymateria said, “I’m delighted to be announcing our record-speed biodegradation here in India given the leadership role the country is playing in tackling plastic pollution. In a market the size of India, multiple solutions will be needed and our technology provides an additional route by making plastic fully biodegradable in the ambient environment. Working with sustainability champions like Toppan gives me great hope that by coming together the industry will rise to the challenge.”

“We are delighted to see the record-speed biodegradation achieved by combining our plastic packaging with Polymateria’s technology. We are already seeing huge interest in our sustainable biodegradable packaging in India and look forward to working with some of the country’s most well-known brands as it gets widely rolled out.” said Manohar Kumar, CEO, Toppan Speciality Films

This technology has the potential to significantly boost the sustainability of the packaging industry, in conjunction with other measures including improved waste management systems, consumer education and further innovative ideas from both government and the private sector.


About Polymateria
Polymateria provides a tailored biodegradable solution for conventional plastic packaging, aiming to stem the global plastic pollution endemic.

Scientists here have created a proprietary technology that can break down plastics safely if they escape into the environment. They have devised a  technology that is time-controlled, which  can tailor this to the product’s service life to enable maximum opportunity for the packaging to be recycled.

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