26 Mar '15, 3pm

Biodegradable plastics may not break down more quickly in landfills

Through their studies, the team simulated plastics buried in landfills, creating test conditions that monitored plastic break-down and biodegradability over three years. The plastics were covered in soil and compost to replicate typical landfill conditions. When the plastics were unearthed, the team found that the alleged biodegradable plastics exhibited no enhanced qualities whatsoever. This failure is a message to consumers that there is no shortcut to making plastic products sustainable, and the only effective way to eliminate

Full article: http://inhabitat.com/biodegradable-plastics-may-not-break...

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greenbuildingelements.com 27 Mar '15, 1pm

Ecovative is a company based near New York City that has developed a biodegradable plastic called Mushroom Materials. It i...