At Radical Plastics, we’ve developed a patented technology that involves blending conventional plastics with our proprietary, naturally occurring catalyst. When properly compounded, this catalyst has the ability to render regular plastics biodegradable in the natural environment.
Items made from the Radical Plastics compound perform just like regular plastics. But if they end up in the environment, the free radical catalyst converts the plastic into a material that microbes recognize as food. This allows them to metabolize the material turning it into biomass, CO2 and water. Radical Plastics compounds biodegrade fully in the environment leaving no residue, no toxic substances and no microplastics.
Radical Plastics was awarded USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program Phase 1 grant for its novel soil biodegradable mulch film. The USDA SBIR program focuses on transforming scientific discovery into products and services with commercial potential and/or societal benefit.
Novel Soil Biodegradable Mulch Film
Project Director: Dr. Yelena Kann, CTO/Co-founder, Radical Plastics
Eco-toxicity Test Report 2021
Eco-toxicity: Samples of exposed and unexposed mulch film were sent to LMPE in Italy for ecotoxicological testing in soil. The results were very positive with NO negative ecotoxicity effects recorded.