The big green furphy: experts bust degradable plastic bag mythPosted on April 26, 2016 by DrRossH in Plastic Limiting Regulations
Next time you accept a degradable plastic bag at the supermarket, think again – you may actually be doing harm to the environment.
Next time you accept a degradable plastic bag at the supermarket, think again – you may be doing little to help the environment and adding dangerous microplastics to rivers and oceans, experts say.
The warning has prompted a Senate committee to call for a public awareness campaign to explain the differences between degradable, biodegradable, compostable and traditional plastic bags – and how they should be disposed of – to educate consumers who mistakenly believe they are doing the right thing.
“Degradable” plastics, commonly used for shopping and rubbish bags, contain additives that make them disintegrate more quickly than traditional plastics. Some people also refer to these products as “biodegradable”.
This is typical and disappointing. Here the govt had a real chance to make statements and then make change to improve this bad plastic waste in the oceans problem. However the article shows the committee doing the review were the opposition and a minority party. The main pro business party in govt at this time has only come out with there needs to be more consumer awareness of the issue. i.e business as usual. Shameful for a national government in this day and age to ignore such a bad and rapidly getting worse problem.