The meeting on biodegradable plastics was organized by the Centre of Expertise Biobased Economy (CoE BBE) and BioBase4SME, with the aim to put an end to the confusion about the terms biobased and biodegradability.
It’s not an easy task. For example, composters do not want any plastics in the organic waste bin, even if they are degradable, since it may take up to two years before they are gone. Making biodegradable plastics that decay just as quickly as organic waste is almost impossible and moreover impractical. And so, degradable and non-degradable plastics disappear together in the incinerator, despite all good intentions of the manufacturers and consumers.
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