Biodegradable Plastics Are as Persistent as Regular Plastics, Study Finds

“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

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