Biodegradable Plastic Bags


Plastic bags have been under a lot of heat lately due to their ‘bad’ contribution to landfills because they never biodegrade. Well, finally there is something in production to solve that problem. Researchers at the Missouri University of Science and Technology are developing hybrid plastics that could biodegrade within 4 months. If used in their most popular form, grocery bags, it would greatly reduce the amount of waste in our landfills. This special hybrid plastic could serve useful as product packaging as well.


3 Responses to “Biodegradable Plastic Bags”

  1. When will these be available and where? I’m always more for the cloth bags but the hybrid plastic seems to be all the cloth is and even isn’t…biodegradable.

  2. According to government recycling experts, WRAP, “Biodegradable and degradable plastics will not degrade effectively in a landfill site and could potentially hinder the quality of recycled plastic if they enter a conventional plastics recycling system. For these reasons, they are best avoided.”

    The Co-op are currently trialling a carrier bag that can be composted. This is made from special plastics which must disintegrate completely in a compost bin or system during the 3 to 4 months composting process.

    They are not available in all Co-op stores yet but, if trials are successful, expect all other supermarkets to follow.

    Jason Elliott
    British Recycled Products

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