End of Life

More information about Hydropol™'s end-of-life and how we ensure our product is 100% environmentally friendly.

Why is Hydropol different to traditional plastics?

Hydropol™ is inherently biodegradable. When given the right balance of environment and microbial presence it will biodegrade to carbon dioxide, water and mineralised natural biomass.

As well as being multi-purpose, it has multiple end-of-life options because biodegradation is important whether it is controlled within the waste stream or in uncontrolled, environmental release.

What do you mean by a plastic for the circular economy?

Traditionally, manufacturers made products with little consideration about what would happen to their materials after their primary life. The drive towards a Circular Economy means the development of a sustainable materials chain which has all the advantages of modern highly functional materials in their primary and secondary uses but combines it with real end-of-life options.

Aquapak believes in a world where recycling is rewarded. Hydropol is a high performance material with broad functionality. It's soluble in water with multiple end-of-life options and demonstrated to be completely safe in the environment

Does Hydropol™ form microplastics?

The term microplastics was defined in 2009 as, “plastic particles smaller than 5mm in size”.

When in solution Hydropol™ cannot form microplastics. Depending on the environment, Hydropol™ in solid form may break down to minute particles - but importantly it does so without the formation of toxins or the subsequent absorption of toxins associated with traditional plastics!

Unlike conventional plastics - whose long lasting hydrophobic micro-particles absorb and concentrate toxins - these small particles of Hydropol will not persist in the environment, are non-toxic and marine-safe.

Can Hydropol™ be recycled?

Recyclability depends upon what Hydropol™ is made into and whether it is mixed with other materials. For example:

Single materials
Soluble in warm or hot water (40°C or >70°C)
Sortable with infrared signature

Coated paper
Paperboard re-pulping
Hydropol™ recovered or left in pulp

Bi-layer laminates
Hydropol™ dissolves > recycle other material
Traditional recyclable plastics – PE, PET

Compostables – cellulose, Polylactic acid
Hydropol™ dissolves > recycle or compost other material

What does Hydropol™ biodegrade into?

Hydropol™ polymer biodegrades into carbon dioxide, water and mineralised biomass.

What is mineralised biomass?
In this case of polymer degradation, the term mineralisation indicates a natural biological breakdown step of the carbon in the polymer to carbon dioxide and water. So, via a process of oxidation the polymer breaks down via chain breaking to form smaller oxidised polymer chains (mineralised biomass) which then break down further to carbon dioxide and water. Hydropol™ does not yield any harmful products in any stage of breakdown and biodegradation.

Why is carbon dioxide produced during its disposal?
CO2 is a natural bi-product of living organisms, hence it is produced when micro organisms breakdown Hydropol™.

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