Alternative Plastics Versus Traditional Plastics Research

Goals

To understand the environmental impact of alternative plastics versus traditional plastics.

Early Findings

Alternative Plastics Versus Traditional Plastics

  • There are still many questions surrounding the environmental impact of alternative plastics and traditional plastics, as environment and temperature are determinant factors. Therefore, degradation rates vary. For example, HDPE and PLA have similar degradation rates in maritime environments.
  • German researchers concluded that "Biodegradable polymers are often not as 'biodegradable' as they claim to be—it is always a matter of the surrounding environment."
  • Additional insights can be found in the attached Google presentation.

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