Carolina Researchers Clear Confusion & Report Beneficial Effects of Oxo-biodegradable Plastic

SpecialChem - Jun 17, 2011

Researchers at North Carolina University, USA published a report on the performance of biodegradable plastics in landfill. It concluded that some of them might be doing more harm than good. The findings were published online in "Environmental Science & Technology." Symphony has issued the following statement: "It is really important not to confuse the two fundamentally different types of biodegradable plastic. The NC State report is about hydro-biodegradable or "compostable" plastic, which is usually made from vegetable matter. This type of plastic is intended for industrial composting, and that is why a rapid rate of degradation is required by ASTM D6400; EN13432; and Australian 4736. It is not designed to degrade in the...

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