These rules are created by OxoPak Pty Ltd to describe the conditions of use applicable to Planet OxoPositive Logo as shown in Appendix A as a Certification Trade Mark. OxoPak Pty Ltd was formed to educate on environmental issues and in particular to promote the use of oxo-biodegradable plastics as an alternative to non-biodegradable plastics. All man-made products, even those made from natural materials, have an environmental impact in their manufacture and eventual disposal. Plastics, in particular, cause environmental issues because they persist in the environment, and whilst steps are being made to increase the amount of recycling of plastic products to reduce the amount of plastic released into the environment, a significant amount of plastic products still end up in landfill or waterways.
The Planet OxoPositive Logo is intended to be used on and to promote plastic products that are recyclable, but which are also oxo-biodegradable if they do end up in the environment as litter. Oxo-biodegradable plastics have improved degradability compared to plastics that are only oxo-degradable, in that, once the polymer chains have been sufficiently reduced in length by oxidation, they can be attacked by natural microorganisms to further break down the plastic into carbon dioxide, water and non-toxic residues.