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What makes biodegradable plastic degrade?

What makes biodegradable plastic degrade?
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by Green Plastics

There is one question that we hear over and over again from people who are interested in using home-made bioplastic in their products and designs. What will actually make my biodegradable product degrade? How can I make sure that it doesn't degrade too soon?
Bioplastic Standards 101

Bioplastic Standards 101
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by Green Plastics

Who creates standards? Who enforces them? How are standards actually measured? What do "standards" actually define, anyway? We talk about these basics to help you understand standards and the bioplastics industry.
The difference between Degradable, Biodegradable, and Compostable

The difference between Degradable, Biodegradable, and Compostable
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by Green Plastics

Degrading Dialogue (Achilles & The Tortoise)

Degrading Dialogue (Achilles & The Tortoise)
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by Green Plastics

An educational dialogue about what "biodegradable" means: Achilles (a Greek warrior, fleetest of foot of all mortals) comes across a Tortoise in a forest. The Tortoise is smashing a plastic box with a hammer.
The Material Facts About Bioplastics

The Material Facts About Bioplastics
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by Green Plastics

Joel Makower has put together a fantastic article at greenbiz.com, taking questions from the viewers of their webcast, "A New Life for Plastics: End-of-life Solutions in the Age of Greener Materials," and providing answers.
Renewability and Degradability are two totally different things

Renewability and Degradability are two totally different things
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by Green Plastics

Green Polypropylene is a new type of plastic that is made from renewable resources, but is NOT biodegradable. This shows how important it is to understand that these two properties do not always go together, and to understand why.
Mikey the Microbe

Mikey the Microbe
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by Green Plastics

Mikey the microbe is a cute character for educating people about additives that make traditional plastics biodegradable. But where is the marketing genius from the bioplastics supporters?
Plastic Biodegradation in Landfills

Plastic Biodegradation in Landfills
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by Galen Killam

Plastic is going into landfills in enormous amounts. Millions of tons of plastic waste are carted off to landfills each year, and remain there for an indefinite period of time. We need to find a solution that deals with this reality as it is today. We need a realistic solution that can be implemented right now, that will make the plastic that is going to the landfills disappear.
The science of cashew shells

The science of cashew shells
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by Green Plastics

If you watch the media for news of bioplastics (the way that we do, here at Green Plastics), you will have noticed that for the last few days the Big News has been cashew-based plastics. So we decide to delve into exactly what that means, and how it works.