UK-based Symphony, one of the major suppliers of the controversial oxo-biodegradable additives, has signed its first major supply deal in Europe with Superfos EU
Over the next five years, the Superfos subsidiary will have exclusive rights to manufacture injection moulded rigid plastic packaging with d2w additives – and use the d2w trade mark - in the EU. Symphony will supply the additives via its French distributor, Alternative Plastics. The product range will include food packaging items such as salad tubs and non-food items such as paint pots. “Superfos will be the first major European producer to launch and develop a range of products made with d2w,” says CEO Michael Laurier. However, oxo-biodegradable additives divide opinion in the plastics industry and earlier this year the European Plastics Recyclers Association (EuPR) said the additives have the potential to do more harm to the environment than good. EuPR said there is no proof the addtives can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and the public confusion over the behaviour of degradable materials could harm recycling initiatives. However, Symphony hit back at the claims, saying EuPR has a "misunderstanding" of additive technologies. The company said it targets plastics applications that are not typically recycled and offers “a low cost insurance against the plastic getting into the environment".