ENATM contains a wide range of nutritional ingredients whose sole purpose is to attract micro-organisms in vast numbers to the discarded plastic items. These bacteria then excrete digestive enzymes and acids that decompose the polymer.
All ingredients are completely harmless to humans and the environment.
ENATM is safe for people, and for the environment. It is composed entirely of materials approved for food contact in the United States.
Each and every item can be found on the GRAS list of ingredients that may be added to food packaging during plastic production. (EU list grade coming soon)
The consequence of this is that a certificate of conformity for food safety under US law and for food contact safety can be issued by the manufacturer of ENATM to all plastics producers worldwide.
Plastic made from food, manufactured from starch often derived from genetically modified food only degrades in an industrial composting facility.
2.6 tons of corn needed to produce 1 ton of plastic. One billion people worldwide are continually hungry.
The corn used to make PLA plastic would alleviate this suffering. PLA products are unacceptable for recycling with conventional plastics. The only 3rd generation biodegradable technology!
A warm, moist environment, rich in micro-organisms, such as in a landfill or an industrial composting facility can cause thin film products (12 microns) to biodegrade in as little as one month. * The thicker the plastic the longer the biodegradation time. Plastics with ENATM will biodegrade with or without oxygen, UV light, heat and mechanical stress. In an oxygenated environment they decompose into humus, carbon dioxide, and water. In an oxygen deprived atmosphere they decompose into humus, biogas and water. Plastics with ENATM of less than 30 microns is also recommended for composting.
Normal conventional plastics can also be RECYCLED normally. Whereas corn based PLA plastic are not recyclable and oxo-biodegradable plastics are not usually accepted by recycling companies.
Our ENATM additive ingredients and all other product ingredients are included in the FDA’s GRAS list. These products have an unlimited shelf life and will behave in exactly the same manner as their conventional plastic counterparts except that they will biodegrade naturally, in a relatively short time, when discarded in a moist environment containing microbes.