biodegradable plastic bag Articles

  • Plastic bags should be managed, not banned

    Cities in a number of Asian countries, including China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan, are currently on the warpath against plastic shopping bags. The cities have passed local laws that ban such bags, on the basis that they clog sewers and drainage canals, cause street flooding, choke animals and are responsible for other forms of ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Plastic Bags – What options do we really have?

    Much is being written and said about plastic bags and the harm it causes our environment. I think we can all agree that the number of plastic bags used by our society and plastic products that are part of our daily lives, is staggering and can seem overwhelming to get a grip on or to find a solution to our dependence on plastic. Let’s face it; it would take a revolution and true commitment and ...


    By SimBio USA, Inc.

  • The search for sustainable plastics

    As petroleum-based polymers foul our oceans and litter our lives, researchers seek more environmentally friendly ways to meet demand for durable, versatile materials. The fate of the world’s oceans may rest inside a stainless steel tank not quite the size of a small beer keg. Inside, genetically modified bacteria turn corn syrup into a churning mass of polymers that can be ...


    By Ensia

  • Green labels: The walk behind the talk - `Biodegradable`

    The word “biodegradable” is probably one of the easiest green labels to understand, so one may assume it is also the least likely to be subject to false claims. However, the term is still interpreted very loosely and frequently used on products that are toxic, that break down into harmful environmental contaminants, or that can take many decades, even centuries, to decompose. On top ...


    By green24

  • Florida hospital complex goes green with recycling, biodegradable programs

    For Earth Day 2009, Rob Lester really had something special to celebrate. Just one year after launching a biodegradable project at Florida’s Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital, some 1.5 million Styrofoam cups, bowls and plates and plastic utensils are no longer being sent to the landfill. That program has proven so successful that the 200-bed medical center and its ...

  • Compostable Plastics And Environmental Marketing Claims

    According to a bottled water survey conducted by Perception Research Services International (PRS) for Brand Packaging published in August 2011, where shoppers were interviewed in person to gain some insights on marketing claims, environmental and recycling messages were misunderstood and not even noticed by a majority of consumers interviewed. In fact, only 50 out of 200 shoppers even noticed the ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Operator Strategies : Sorting Out the Plastic

    BETTER BUGS Ideas and products in the Better Bugs category attempt to affect the biological components and biochemistry of processes by altering the mix of microorganisms or enzymes present. After all, biology is the foundation of many, if not most, organics recycling systems. Pyrophiles: The first example of Better Bugs involves pyrophilic organisms, bugs that can take the heat. This example is ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Environmental assessment of some non–biodegradable solid wastes along Vasai Creek of Mumbai

    The pollution problem due to non–biodegradable solid waste (NBDSW) along the Vasai Creek of Mumbai is one of the major issues which have remained totally neglected over past many years. The results of the present investigation indicates that plastics carry bags, milk/oil bags, plastic bottles, footwear and automobile tyres/tubes are some of the prominent NBDSW materials responsible for solid ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Study on accumulation of non–biodegradable solid wastes along Ulhas River of Thane, Mumbai

    With the spread of technology, industrialisation and increasing standards of living, the accumulation of non–biodegradable solid waste (NBDSW) is an unwelcome and often unnoticed side effect of 'development' in India. Therefore in the present investigation, attempts are made to quantify major non–biodegradable solid wastes viz. plastics, synthetic rubber and glasses which are accumulated at three ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Managing Compostable Bags At Anaerobic Digestion Plants

    The highest and best use for treating residential food waste is through source separation, sending organics first to anaerobic digestion (to capture energy), followed by aerobic composting (to return nutrients to the soil). Sending food waste to anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities requires appropriate tools and planning for capturing high volumes of material with low contamination. Compostable ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • New research may solve the problem of plastic wastes

    GLOBE-Net, May 8, 2013* - Plastic - it is an indispensable part of our everyday lives and an almost indestructible part of the garbage that daily ends up in our landfills, incinerators, junk yards, in our rivers or oceans, or in the bellies of fish or animals that form part of our food chain.  Every year, over 260 million tonnes of plastic are produced globally. That is ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • The future of plastics - Is there a solution to this huge waste management problem?

    Plastic - it has become the cornerstone of our modern life style, and one of the most challenging global waste management problems. So beneficial in countless ways, this nearly indestructible material is littering our environment on land and sea. Difficult to recycle, as post-consumer waste, and hard to break down, plastic in its many forms has become a serious environment problem. But solutions ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Accurate Characterization of Polymers and Additives in Personal Care Products and Packaging by Fast-Scanning IR

    You can’t buy anything today without a package. Think about it. Blister packs, cellowraps, shrink wraps, barrier bags, vapor films, UV-blocking films, heat-blocking films, tinted plastics, filled polymers, biodegradable bags, structural plastics, laminated films, moisture barrier films ….. ad infinitum (literally). Industries that manufacture plastics or utilize plastics need to characterize ...


    By Buck Scientific Inc

  • Mater-bi starch-based materials : present situation and future perspectives

    The environmental impact related to the emissions of gases with green-house effect and the management of solid waste disposal with regard to the decreasing availability of landfills, the litter problem and the pollution of the marine environment became very urgent in the last decade. An obliged approach to solve the problem is: the valorisation of waste as a resource through its separation into ...


    By ORBIT e.V.

  • Preparing the way for commercial organics recovery

    The Planning for a source-separated commercial organics program began in California's Santa Cruz County in 2001. Businesses were surveyed to determine if there was sufficient interest in separate collection of food, food-soiled paper and wax-coated cardboard to supply a collection route. Many restaurants, markets and residential facilities responded enthusiastically to the idea of collection and ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Minimizing Festival Trash

    The Whole Earth Festival at the University of California-Davis is a student-organized event that takes place annually in early May. The weekend attendance is approximately 30,000 people, with 16 food vendors and 100-plus craft booths. One major emphasis of the festival is environmental sustainability. To minimize waste generation, an integrated solid waste prevention strategy was conceptualized ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Eating Green

    Does eating “green” conjure up images of spinach, or broccoli, or asparagus? While these are, without doubt, green foods, our thoughts are not about what's to be eaten but rather, about how a minor change in eating habits or practices can reduce your personal energy use footprint and contribute to the health of the environment. You don't have to be a vegetarian to make an impact!Growing and ...


    By BSC Sustainability Services

  • Organics Recycling Program Shows Continued Growth

    LAUNCHED in 2000 under the leadership of Nancy Nevil, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Services, the recycling program in the City of Plano, Texas has steadily grown. A grant from the North Texas Council of Governments (NTCOG) provided funds for 95-gallon wheeled carts, biodegradable bags, and educational materials to begin this unique program. Initial participants were the Plano ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Why Incinerate?

    Products that we all use every day have a finite lifespan. Even with initiatives to re-use and recycle lots of waste still ends up in landfill sites where the chemicals in these products will decompose and can do extensive environmental harm as they break down. Plastics are not all biodegradable and there are still millions of plastic bags being manufactured, used and ending up in landfill so the ...


    By Inciner8 Limited

  • Marine litter – a growing threat worldwide

    Increasing amounts of litter are ending up in the world’s oceans and harming the health of ecosystems, killing animals when they become trapped or swallow the litter. Human health is also at risk, as plastics may break down into smaller pieces that may subsequently end up in our food. These are just a few of the problems emerging from the waste collecting in our seas. There are now ...

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