Challenging Materials: From Lab to Forest

We need to plant more trees to help reach the target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as part of efforts to fight climate change. Tree shelters protect young trees and bushes from grazing by animals. They are a well-proven and economical route to limiting losses in the first five years of a tree’s life. However, traditionally made from oil-based and non-biodegradable plastics, most shelters are never collected at end of life and eventually pollute the natural environment with microplastics.

At Biome Bioplastics, we’ve developed a fully biodegradable tree shelter. After two years of successful lab testing of over 750 samples, our high-performing biodegradable tree shelter can be installed and protect trees in the same way as conventional plastic tree shelters. The crucial difference is that they fully biodegrade and leave behind no toxic residue in the soil. As a result, this product can directly save an estimated 2,500 tonnes of plastic every year that would otherwise end up in the natural environment in the UK alone.

Biome Technologies plc is a growth oriented, commercially driven technology group. The Group’s primary activity is the development of its fast growing business in bioplastics. The Group comprises two divisions: Biome Bioplastics and Stanelco RF Technologies.

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