- Smart plastics group Symphony Environmental Technologies claimed a recent media report did not accurately represent the benefit of its oxo-biodegradable technology.

The BBC had questioned whether the company's technology worked.

'Nearly all previous media coverage has been about the problem of plastic in the open environment, rather than the solution,' chief executive Michael Laurier said in a statement.

'Whilst the BBC's coverage did not, in our opinion, fairly present the scientifically proven benefit of oxo-biodegradable technology, we are pleased that the BBC has now focused on the solution, and introduced our Company and our d2w technology to a much wider audience.'

'It is legitimate for the BBC reporter to question whether d2w technology actually works,' Laurier said.

'To answer that question for ourselves and our customers we have commissioned scientific tests over more than 20 years so as to be quite sure that we would not be making misleading claims.'

'Based on this evidence a d2w plastic product will become biodegradable if exposed to oxygen on land or sea much more quickly than ordinary plastic.'

Laurier said the company welcomed a study being performed by the EU Chemicals Agency on oxo-degradable plastic.

'We hope that the item on BBC news yesterday is the beginning of an open and honest debate about innovative solutions such as d2w,' he added.

'It is time to stop talking about the problem, and to focus on the solutions, for which d2w is one of a suite of Symphony's technologies that we encourage governments and corporates to adopt.'

At 2:22pm: [LON:SYM] Symphony Environmental Technologies PLC share price was -5p at 15.75p

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