Study Finds Ingeo™ Biopolymer Stable in Landfills with No Statistically Significant Quantity of Methane ReleasedPosted on September 16, 2012 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News
This article should have been titled ” Study finds that Biodegradation claims by Ingeo Biopolymer are false”.
To be fair, they do say that ” However, these systems (composting in order to enable the landfill diversion ) are still emerging and developing. The reality today is that a percentage of Ingeo products end up in landfills.” This study shows that PLA will not biodegrade in landfills which is where over 95% of our plastic waste is ending up. Yet why do we see everywhere that these Cargil PLA products are labelled as Biodegradable with little to no clarification on how these items are to be disposed in order for the Biodegradation claim to be realised. This is spin marketing and should be stopped from being allowed. If the makers of PLA and other compostable manufacturers want to market “biodegradable” products and enjoy the sales that come from this green marketing, then they have to also introduce the required infrastructure necessary to get their products diverted from landfills. They are happy to take the profits that come from marketing biodegradable products to unsuspecting consumers, but when it really comes to issues to allow their products to actually biodegrade, they are nowhere to be seen and say it is the local government’s (i.e. us the tax payer) responsibility to pay for the infrastructure so their products can biodegrade.