BASF talks about the company's Ecovio biodegradable plastics on its latest Innovations podcast. BASF said they have wide range of applications such as in rip-proof plastic wraps and shopping bags, shampoo bottles, or food foam containers. Ecovio is made up of corn-based polylactic acid (45%) and BASF's Ecoflex, a petroleum-based (aliphatically aromatic copolyester) biodegradable plastic.
BASF says these products are more than 90% broken down after 180 days in composting plants. The company, however, assured that your plastic wrap will maintain its freshness even if the fruit and peanut butter sandwich tucked on your desk drawer slowly do their own fermentation process.