Cascades Inc. out of Quebec, recently officially launched Bioxo, the first product line of containers made from totally oxo-degradable polystyrene foam. Manufactured by Cascades, Bioxo containers are specifically designed to degrade within three years, unlike traditional polystyrene foam containers which can require several hundred years to degrade. “We are extremely proud to introduce this major innovation in response to wishes expressed so often by consumers and the agri-food industry,” stated Mario Plourde, President and COO of Cascades Specialty Products Group (SPG). “Bioxo is the culmination of extensive research, a lengthy development process and exhaustive testing to confirm the product’s performance.”How does Bioxo work?Bioxo is the result of the addition of TDPA (Totally Degradable Plastic Additives), developed by the Canadian firm Environmental Technologies Inc. (ETI), out of Vancouver. TDPA technology is designed to speed up the oxidation/biodegradation process by fractioning large molecules in plastic into smaller, more easily degraded molecules. Additives are mixed into basic plastic resins at the time of manufacture to give them specific degradation properties, without compromising safety or utility.