Biodegradation potential of some barrier-coated boards in different soil environments

M.M. Nazhad (Corresponding Author), W. Sridach, Elias Retulainen, J. Kuusipalo, P. Parkpian

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    Three pilot barrier‐coated boards that were recently produced at the Tampere University of Technology were tested for biodegradation potential using the soil‐burial test method. The tests were conducted in the field as well as in the laboratory. We found that the baseboards degraded regardless of differences in coating; however, the degradation rate was different. The laboratory conditions as well as the addition of inoculum accelerated the degradation process. The coated layer of the boards was isolated by laminating with black polyethylene; then their biodegradation rate was compared to the biodegradation rate of the control, boards coated with low‐density polyethylene. It was observed that paperboards coated with polyester‐based polymers were biodegradable but at different rates. The differences in the biodegradation rates of the boards were attributed to their coating formulations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3193-3202
    Number of pages10
    JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • biodegradable
    • barrier
    • polyesters
    • polyethylene (PE)


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