Plastic mulch is used in vegetable and fruit production and is usually made from standard plastic in South Africa.
One of the problem is that plastic mulch is not collected afterwards and left in the soil. The accumulation adds up year after year.
The mulch degrades naturally in the soil, converting to carbon dioxide and feeding into soil microbial systems.
Andrew Smith and Andrew Pollock formed the “Really Great Material Company” (RGMC) in Cape Town and they represent Novamont in Southern Africa.
The first trials of Novamont’s biodegradable plastic mulch will be done with wine farms.
The raw material will be imported and the mulch film will be manufactured in South Africa under license of Novamont.
Arthur Williams says:
“A plastic manufacturer doesn’t need special machinery to convert,” “their existing equipment just needs tweaking to work with the Mater-Bi resins .People think plastic is cheap but it isn’t cheap – there’s a tremendous cost to the environment and to society, it’s just that this cost has never been worked into its price.”
- Agriculture will be one of the most important application of bioplastics.
- Chinese for instance are not using biodegradable plastic mulch and their soil pollutions is one of the worse.
- Africa is getting more and active in terms of bioplastics: Africa Bioplastics
- Bioplastics in South Africa
- Ghana Government Wants to Develop Bioplastics
- Middle East Fashion Retailer Goes Bioplastics