[GRRN] Are non-biodegradable plastics better for the environment?

From: Reindl, John (Reindl@co.dane.wi.us)
Date: Fri Sep 22 2000 - 16:56:32 EDT

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    With apologies for cross-posting

    The August issue of Scientific American has an interesting article on
    biodegradable plastics written by two biochemical engineers. Both have
    worked to develop these materials, but they are generally negative on the
    environmental impacts of three different types of biodegradable plastics,
    saying that their production uses more natural resources than petroleum
    based plastics. And they conclude by calling for the development of
    non-degradable plastics that would sequester carbon to reduce global climate
    change.

    An interesting read and perspective.

    John Reindl, Recycling Manager
    Dane County, WI



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