Saturday, November 18, 2006

Biodegradable plastic bags?

Is there really such a thing as a biodegradable plastic bag? Apparently there are some imposters out there. It's more complicated than it first seems - biodegradable vs. "totally degradable" vs. photo-degradable. I'm still confused:

Warning: Misleading claims being made to fool you!

Nov. 1, 2006
Norquest Bags Blog, Ahmedabad, India

What exactly are biodegradable plastic bags? You can be forgiven for believing that they would be bags that will do you and your environment no harm at all. But there’s too much dishonesty and sophistry being practiced in the areas of recycling and biodegradability.
Unfortunately some people are passing off photo-degradable bags as biodegradable....

One of the comments to this mentioned another website as a source of more info on the ways plastic can degrade:

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