Study warns on biodegradable plastic bags
LONDON (Reuters) Plastic bags advertis timberland outlet ed as degradable and sold in many supermarkets may not be as environmentally friendly as thought, according to a study.
timberland outlet Such bags usually use “oxo degradable” plastics which include small amounts of additives to make them degrade faster.
The study said the timberland outlet se plastics have an uncertain impact on the natural environment and are neither suitable for conventional recycling methods, because of the chemical additives, nor for composting.
“As these plastics cannot be composted, the term “biodegradable’ can cause confusion,” Environment Minister Dan Norris said in a statement.
“We hope this research will discourage manufa timberland outlet cturers and retailers from claiming that these materials are better for the environment than conventional plastics,” he added.
The study was carried out by Loughborough University and funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Thomson Reuters journalists are subject to an Editorial Handbook which requires fair presentation and disclosure of relevant interests.