How does the photodegradable ring carrier break down?
The photodegradable carrier is sensitive to sunlight. The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause the carrier to become brittle, so that it breaks down into even smaller and smaller pieces under the effects of wind, rain and other environmental forces.
How long does it take to break down?
The ring carrier loses approximately 75% of its strength within days of direct exposure to sunlight. It can become completely brittle in a matter of weeks when the carrier is exposed to direct or indirect sunlight. The speed at which it becomes brittle will vary with the time of year, temperature, latitude and any other factors, which limit the amount of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure to the carrier. The carrier will not degrade if behind a glass window or otherwise shielded from UV exposure.