Symphony's d2w technology can be used to shorten the life of a wide range of plastic products made from Polyethylene (PE) or Polypropylene (PP), including single, multi layered and laminated degradable materials, and including virgin, recycled or blends of these polymers.
Field trials are ongoing with Polystyrene (PS) and scientific experiments are being conducted on PET. PVC is not suitable for biodegradation, and d2w is not necessary for cellulose.
The following are examples of products which can be made with d2w technology:
- Carrier bags or "shopper-bags" which consumers use to take away their purchases from the shop
- Refuse sacks, which consumers buy in rolls at the shop, and use for disposal of their ordinary household waste.
- Aprons, for the protection of garments, in the home, hospitals, restaurants, workshops etc.
- Bags to contain dog faeces collected in parks, gardens, etc
- Bin liners, Gloves, Plastic sheeting for a variety of applications in agriculture and horticulture
- Plastic film for wrapping newspapers and magazines
- Bread bags
- Frozen food bags
- Diapers (nappies), Shrink-wrap and pallet-wrap
- Rigid products such as bottles and cups
Products such as these are now being made with d2w and used by some of the world's largest companies, who undertake many months or even years of due-diligence before they adopt d2w. Last year Symphony sold enough d2w to make 5 billion plastic products.
Any small extra cost is outweighed by the significant marketing, PR and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) benefits of degradability.
More products will become available in due course.