What is ECAS (OXO) - ECAS for Oxo- Bio degradable Plastic?

Plastic has become a major part of a wide variety of consumer products because of its versatility and relative low cost. Because of continuously increasing global demand for this polymer, its contribution to environmental pollution becomes imminent.

One of the technologies that was particularly developed to combat the problem on plastic pollution is oxo-biodegradation. This is the process by which plastic is made easier to degrade in the environment through addition of pro-degradant chemicals during manufacturing that destroy the molecular structure of the plastic once it is exposed to certain stimuli, such as heat and sunlight. Oxo-biodegradable plastic therefore degrades quickest when it becomes litter.

The GCC region, with its generally hot temperature and abundance of sunlight, is an ideal environment for oxo-biodegradation. This is particularly the reason why the UAE and KSA have adopted laws that mandate disposable polyolefin plastics to be oxo-

What are the Product Categories Certified under ECAS?

·         All Carrier Bags (including shopping bags, garbage bags, garment bags, and any disposable bags).

·         Courier and Security bags

·         Mail Order Bags (Magazine and Newspaper Bags)

·         Disposable Cutlery such as plastic plate and plastic cups

·         Bubble Wrap and Cushioning Packaging

·         Flower Wrap

·         Overwrap Packaging

·         Stretch Film

·         Cling Film

·         Shrink Film

·         Plastic Liners for Cartons

·      Personal Care products made of plastic materials such as gloves, shoe covers, aprons and any disposable personal care products.

·         Plastic bags for seedlings.

·         Polyethylene Sheets on Rolls such as table covers.

·         Bags for packaging Bread, nuts, sweets and all bakery items.


What are Requirements to acquire ECAS (OXO)?

·         Valid UAE Industry / Trade License

·         Declaration of Conformity.

·         Test Report as per the requirement of UAE Standard 5009:2009.

·         Quality Manual.

·         Declaration of using Plastic additive for each batch with percentage of additives.

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