Biodegradable plastics

Biodegradable plastics are plastics degraded by microorganisms into water, carbon dioxide (or methane) and biomass under specified conditions.

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  • History

    The first generation of degradable plastics (early 1990s), polyolefin-starch materials, did not degrade as claimed.

    Since that time, universal standards have been developed , new materials have been introduced, and a compostable logo has been developed to guide consumers in their decision-making.

  • Properties

  • Applications

  • Processes

  • Recycling

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Biodegradable plastics

Degradable plastics (2013)