05 May '11, 12pm

Facing the dirty truth about 'recyclable' plastics

Facing the Dirty Truth About Recycled Plastics The “recyclable” plastic bags you get at the green grocer are not really biodegradable, a new study shows. But product life-cycle assessments, which are about to become more prominent in the marketplace, fail to consider whether those bags can break down in landfills or just end up as litter. by daniel goleman On a visit to India a while back I came upon a fenced empty field that was practically buried in flimsy white throwaway plastic bags, the kind you carry your purchases home in from the store. The locals joked that this was “the garden where plastic bags grew.” But when I returned to India last month, I was pleasantly surprised to find that now when you shop in New Delhi, no store will give you a plastic bag for your purchases. They’re illegal there, as well as in many other Indian cities and states. That puts India well ...

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