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Biodegradable solutions for packaging of liquid dairy products

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New Biodegradable Plastic that Completely Degrades in Everyday Compost Bins

TAGS:  Green and Bioplastics    

Plastic Bottles Destined for LandfillsResearchers at University College Dublin have found a potential solution to tackling plastic waste – a new biodegradable material that safely disposes in everyday compost bins.

Tackling Plastic Waste
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute yet fewer than 15% end up being recycled, with most destined for landfills or littering the environment.

Ireland is not immune to this problem with more than 80% of coastal areas and inland waterways polluted with plastic, causing issues for people and wildlife.

Biodegradable Plastic that Degrades Under Typical Home-composting Condition
Scientists at BEACON Bioeconomy Research Centre, the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) funded Research Centre at University College Dublin, and AMBER, the SFI Research Centre for materials science at Trinity College Dublin, have discovered a blend of biodegradable plastic that completely degrades under typical home-composting conditions.


Their findings were published in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology.


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» Publication Date: 10/09/2018

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, technological development and demonstration (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [606350].

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