Biodegradable Plastics Are as Persistent as Regular Plastics, Study Finds

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“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”
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Plastics designed to degrade don’t break down any faster than their conventional counterparts, according to research published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology.

Researchers found the plastics with biodegradation-promoting additives fared no better than conventional plastics in any of three different disposal scenarios — simulated landfill conditions, compost, and soil burial for three years…

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Original Study: “Evaluation of Biodegradation-Promoting Additives for Plastics,” Environmental Science and Technology