CHAPTER 7

The Myth of Biodegradability

Mike Manna

Founder and Managing Director,Organic Recycling Solutions

MANY PACKAGING MATERIALS FAVORED FOR FUNCTION and cost don’t fit into the capabilities of today’s recycling facilities. As a result, the potential to convert them into secondary feedstocks are lost, and they end up in the landfill, the incinerator, or floating around as litter.

In a hunt to innovate out of this challenge, packaging designers and plastics producers are in the market for materials that replace oil-based ones and more readily degrade in the environment. These could ease the strain on fossil fuels and at the same time reduce plastics pollution—both of which directly and indirectly have a detrimental effect on the oceans, wildlife, ...

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