Two British and a Swedish manufacturer of so-called oxo-degradable plastics—Symphony Environmental, Wells Plastics and Add-X—have issued a joint statement in which they explain exactly why, in their opinion, no extra study is needed to verify whether their materials biodegrade, or whether they do not. The statement is a response to last week's announcement by Organic Waste Systems (OWS), based in Gent, Belgium, and IKT-University Stuttgart that they are setting up a multi-client project designed to establish once and for all, whether or not oxo-degradable plastics are indeed biodegradable. Or not.
It's a statement that by its very vehemence raises incredulity. Shakespeare put it rather nicely, in my opinion, when he wrote: "The lady doth protest too much, methinks."
According to their statement, these companies find it surprising that some people are still proposing yet more studies to prove oxo-biodegradability. After all "oxo-biodegradable plastics are polymers designed to convert automatically into biodegradable materials at the end of their useful life," they write.