• Yutaka Tokiwa is a Senior Researcher at Okinawa Industrial Technology Center, who has published extensively on the biodegradability of plastics. (wikipedia.org)
  • As a leader in domestic plastics industry, Kingfa Sci & Tech Co., Ltd. mainly produces modified plastics, specialty engineering plastics, completely biodegradable plastics, carbon fiber and composite materials, of which, the 30 kt/a PBS and polybutylene succinate adipate (PBSA) has been put into operation in Zhuhai in 2011, the Phase II 90 kt/a PBSA expansion project will be launched. (pitchengine.com)
  • For information on plastics derived from renewable raw resources (biomass), see Bioplastic . (wikipedia.org)
  • Biodegradable plastics are plastics that can be decomposed by the action of living organisms, usually microbes, into water, carbon dioxide, and biomass. (wikipedia.org)
  • However this claim is debatable, if the manufacturer was minimally conforming to the now-withdrawn American Society for Testing and Materials standard definition of the word, as it applies to plastics: "that which is capable of undergoing biological decomposition in a compost site such that the material is not visually distinguishable and breaks down into carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass at a rate consistent with known compostable materials. (wikipedia.org)
  • Oxo-biodegradable plastic is bio-assimilated by the same bacteria and fungi, which transform natural material such as twigs and leaves to cell biomass, like lignocellulosic materials. (wikipedia.org)
  • The new material, called "Shrilk", can be used to manufacture objects without the environmental threat posed by conventional synthetic plastics, and then it rapidly biodegrades when placed in compost releasing nitrogen-rich nutrient fertilizer. (harvard.edu)
  • Biodegradable" broadly means that an object can be biologically broken down, while "compostable" typically specifies that such a process will result in compost, or humus. (wikipedia.org)
  • Germany-based BASF, U.S.-based NatureWorks (Thailand's PTT Chemical paid US$150 million for a 50% stake in NatureWorks in December 2011), Italy's Novamont as well as the Netherlands-based Purac are the world's major suppliers of biodegradable plastics, with capacity of 140 kt/a, 140 kt/a, 80 kt/a, 80 kt/a, respectively. (pitchengine.com)
  • China as one of the world's important suppliers of biodegradable plastics accounts for about 20% of global production capacity. (pitchengine.com)
  • Because thousands of tons of plastic waste are entering the world's environment every day, and will remain there for decades. (biodeg.org)
  • Right now, 8% of the world's oil is used to make plastics - and oil has to be extracted from the belly of the earth using extremely energy and cost-intensive processes. (blogspot.com)
  • 1) Increased consumption: Consumers will use more disposable plastics. (treehugger.com)
  • It also failed to support stronger economic incentives to reduce plastic production and consumption. (eeb.org)
  • Plastic reduction efforts have occurred in some areas in attempts to reduce plastic consumption and pollution and promote plastic recycling. (wikipedia.org)
  • While all starches are biodegradable, not all plasticizers are. (wikipedia.org)
  • Early attempts at eco-friendly plastics were no more than normal plastic seeded with starches that allowed the plastic to break up into invisibly small plastic particles, not really a benefit and introducing a big unkown regarding the potential effects of a lot of small plastic particles in the environment. (treehugger.com)
  • However, the European Parliament failed to back measures to tackle widespread pollution from plastic pellets, which are melted down to make everyday plastic items. (eeb.org)
  • This is an ideal use for unused waste material which contains valuable, usable ingredients - "Everything you need to make plastic is actually up here, on the surface of the Earth. (blogspot.com)
  • All the ingredients of sewage have what you need to make plastic," said Ryan Smith, Micromidas' CTO and co-founder at a recent Poptech! (blogspot.com)
  • The premise for the ban was that plastic bags make up a significant portion of litter within the city and create a significant eyesore throughout the community. (wikipedia.org)
  • Lignin contains comparable chemical properties in comparison to current plastic chemicals, which includes reactive functional groups, the ability to form into films, high carbon percentage, and it shows versatility in relation to various chemical mixtures used with plastics. (wikipedia.org)
  • BRITAIN'S largest chemicals company, ICI, last week announced the launch of the first practical plastic that is totally biodegradable. (newscientist.com)
  • Aside from other potentially harmful chemicals and impacts, most plastics used in food and beverage packaging have estrogenic-active compounds. (jetlib.com)
  • e.g. persistent synthetic chemicals, non-biodegradable plastics, and heavy metals). (wikipedia.org)
  • Living organisms, particularly marine animals, can also be affected through entanglement, direct ingestion of plastic waste, or through exposure to chemicals within plastics that cause interruptions in biological functions. (wikipedia.org)
  • Imagine throwing your empty plastic water bottle into a household composting bin that breaks down the plastic and produces biogas to help power your home. (technologynetworks.com)
  • Coca-Cola ( nyse: KO ) announced plans today to invest $24 million, along with ECO Plastics Ltd. (which will contribute about $5 million of that) to build a new, plastic bottle recycling facility in Lincolnshire, England. (jetlib.com)
  • The Parliament voted to strengthen the European Commission's plans to slash plastic pollution, under the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy launched in January 2018. (eeb.org)
  • What's more, it does so without leaving any toxic residues or fragments of plastic behind. (biodeg.org)
  • In other words, most commonly available plastics have the "potential ability to interfere with the body's endocrine system and produce adverse physiological effects," according to research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences . (jetlib.com)
  • The high growth in this region is due to strict implementation of environmental regulations which prohibits the use of petroleum based plastics. (mynewsdesk.com)
  • Another new plastic has potential for fighting global warming, consisting of consisting of 40 percent carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas. (medindia.net)
  • Plastic waste pollution is a global environmental problem, particularly in oceans, where plastic debris can harm or kill sea animals and birds who ingest or become entangled in it. (technologynetworks.com)