5 Stages of Biodegradation while using Ecoplastics (ETL)
- ETL causes the plastic to biodegrade through a series of biological processes, in anaerobic conditions. This process is called assimilation.
- ETL allows the formation of a biofilm on the product surface where the microorganisms can start the colonization.
- ETL helps expand the molecular structure, making room for the microbes, which then send out chemical signals that attract other microbes, collectively feasting on the polymer chains.
- ETL has now aided in the breaking down of the chemical bonds, resulting in enhanced biodegradation rates compared to traditional plastics.
- ETL leaves behind only biogas and humus (organic matter). This is the same biological process as organic matter and the remnants are the same.