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Oxo-degradable plastics may not be as 'green' as producers claim

Degradable plastics may not be as environmentally friendly as producers believe, finds research by Loughborough University backed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.Producers of oxo-degradable plastics regularly tout it as being a solution to the plastic bag litter problem, claiming the plastic is 100% degradable or biodegradable. But Defras report asserts that because it can take two to five years in the open environment to break ...