Positive Plastics sal strives to become a leading provider of innovative and environmentally friendly plastic packaging solutions. ReverteTM, our cutting-edge technology, offers a simple and cost-effective solution to the predicament of plastic trash and litter. We help a wide range of businesses – supermarket chains, bakeries, hotels, restaurants, and retailers – invest in their brand by using oxo-biodegradable and environmentally friendly plastics.
*IN THE END, OUR SOCIETY WILL BE DEFINED NOT ONLY BY WHAT WE CREATE, BUT WHAT WE REFUSE TO DESTROY* John C. Sawhill
ReverteTM is the only 3rd generation additive on the global market. ReverteTM is produced in the United Kingdom by Wells Plastics Ltd., a leader in plastic additive research and development. ReverteTM is mixed with conventional plastic at the manufacturing stage making it oxo-biodegradable. ReverteTM works by first cutting the long plastic polymers through interaction with Oxygen (oxidization); these shorter chains are then digested by naturally occurring bacteria (biodegradation) – hence the hybrid word oxo-biodegradation.
+ The most advanced oxo-biodegradable additive on the global market
+ Manufactured in the United Kingdom
+ Certified by the world’s leading independent laboratories
+ Approved by U.S. and E.U. authorities for food contact
+ Contains a specialized UV trigger to prevent product degradation during storage
+ Does not alter the properties or performance of conventional plastics
+ Plastics treated with ReverteTM are re-usable and recyclable
+ No modifications or investments in machinery required
+ Cost effective and used at 1% addition rates
THE LATEST TECHNOLOGY AT THE SERVICE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
Owing to its many advantages, plastic has become the material of choice for numerous applications and products. However, when discarded, plastic-made goods and packaging can pollute our environment for hundreds of years. With ReverteTM, plastic products (PE & PP) oxo-biodegrade in an average of 2.5 years after being discarded into the waste stream, leaving nothing but water, CO2, and biomass.
How does ReverteTM work?
ReverteTM is mixed with conventional plastics at the manufacturing stage making it oxo-biodegradable. ReverteTM works by fist cutting the long plastic polymers through interaction with oxygen (oxidization); these shorter chains are then digested by naturally occuring bacteria (biodegradation) – hence the hybrid word oxo-biodegradation.
What are the end products
of the oxo-biodegradation of plastics?
The end products of the oxo-biodegradation of plastics are H2O (water), CO2, and biomass.
How long does it take for ReverteTM
plastics to oxo-biodegrade?
The length of the oxo-biodegradation process depends on a number of factors such as ambient temperature and the thickness of the plastic product. In general, ReverteTM plastic films and bags will oxo-biodegrade in an average of 2.5 years after being discarded in the waste stream. In contrast, conventional plastics without ReverteTM can last up to 400 years in the environment.
ASTM D6954-04 Tier 1
Polyolefin products made with ReverteTM additives will abiotically degrade in the presence of oxygen. Oxidative degradation has been proven in accordance with the requirements of Tier 1 of ASTM D6954-04 in Smithers RAPRA Report CTR 51251 dated 4 Mar. 2010.
ASTM D6954-04 Tier 2
The ability of ReverteTM products to comply with the Tier 2 biodegradation of ASTM 6954-04 has been demonstrated by the loss of molecular mass achieved after abiotic thermal degradation, resulting in ultimate biodegradation of the material into CO2, water, mineral salts and biomass (Biosystems Atlanta Report No. 795-11028 dated 14 Sep. 2010 and Report No. 795-11046-1 dated 20 Jan. 2011).
ASTM D6954-04 Tier 3
The eco-toxicity Tier 3 section of ASTM D6954-04 and OECD 207 & 208 testing standards mandate that no harmful residues remain following the oxidization and biodegradation phases, and this has been verified for ReverteTM additives per Biosystems Atlanta Report No. 795-11046-1-T3 dated 9 Feb. 2011 and Report No. 795-11058-1-T3 dated 9 Feb. 2011.
Food contact safety
ReverteTM additives are safe for direct food-contact according to the European Union Directive 2002/72/EC and the U.S. FDA Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 21 parts 175-178 (Smithers RAPRA report GC0089 dated 27 May 2008). However, it is the responsibility of the manufacturers of products intended for food-contact to ensure that all other materials incorporated by them comply with those requirements.
ReverteTM additives do not contain any heavy metals as defined by RoHS Directive 2002/95/EC per SGS Test Report No. BAE 119444/1 dated 23 Jun. 2008.
ReverteTM complies with all requirements of the Emirates Authority For Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) UAE.S ASTM D 6954:2009 standard per Certificate of No. 0027/10 dated 10 Aug. 2010.
ReverteTM is recognized by the Lebanon Ministry of Environment per Registration File No. 6270/B/2011 dated 11 Jan. 2012.
Positive Plastics sal
Youssef Azar Bldg.
Antelias Highway, Lebanon
Lebanon +961-4-412 214