Degrading Plastics | June 13, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 24 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 24 | pp. 20-21
Issue Date: June 13, 2011

Degrading Plastics

Makers of oxo-degradable additives say they are addressing the litter problem, but others aren’t so sure
Department: Business | Collection: Green Chemistry, Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE
Keywords: oxo-degradable, oxo-biodegradable, composting, bio-based plastics, ASTM

One of the plastics industry’s biggest public relations headaches is the eyesore of plastic bags tangled among trees, somersaulting down highways, and drifting in waterways. Governments have reacted to the problem with recycling programs and restrictions on plastic bags.

If only there were additives that could break down conventional plastics and help them biodegrade so they disappear completely when no longer needed. A handful of firms claim to have that magic bullet, called oxo-degradable additives. . . .

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