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Thanks to the demands of eco-conscious consumers, biodegradable and compostable plastics are cropping up everywhere. Are these green plastics the solution to our throwaway lifestyle? Well -- it’s complicated.

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Credits:
Producer: Elaine Seward
Writer: Alexa Billow
Scientific Consultants: Michelle Boucher, PhD Brianne Raccor, PhD Kevin O'Connor, PhD
Executive Producer: Hilary Hudson



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https://mcgillcompost.com/biodegradable-plastic-compostable-plastic
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-truth-bioplastics.html
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/may/23/biodegradable-plastic-false-solution-for-ocean-waste-problem
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https://pubs.acs.org/stoken/presspac/presspac/full/10.1021/acs.est.8b02963
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