The biodegradation process of the biodegradable polymer involves the breakdown of the polymer material into smaller, simpler compounds that can be absorbed by the environment. This process typically occurs when the polymer is exposed to the elements and is broken down by micro-organisms and the action of heat, moisture, and sunlight.
The biodegradable polymer and bio based derivatives, when exposed to the elements, the micro-organisms in the soil can break down the polymer into smaller molecules, such as lactic acid. These smaller molecules can then be further broken down into even simpler compounds, such as water and carbon dioxide, which can be absorbed by the environment.
The rate at which a tree shelter breaks down will depend on factors such as the specific material used, the environmental conditions, and the presence of other substances.
Biome Technologies plc (LON:BIOM) Biome Bioplastics and Suregreen partnered to create biodegradable tree shelters. The Vigilis Bio tree shelters are made from biodegradable biomaterials and have specifically been designed to guard and protect the first 5-7 years of a tree’s life.