Home Compostablility of Biodegradable Plastic Packaging Studied

The abstract of a November 3, 2022, Frontiers in Sustainability article by researchers with UK University College London https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/frsus.2022.942724/full presents “... results and analysis on home compostable packaging ... Using a citizen science approach, we engaged with 9,701 UK citizens geographically spread across the UK … 1,648 citizens performed home compost experiments to test the environmental performance of compostable plastics. We report on the type of plastics they tested and their disintegration under real home composting conditions. The results show that the public are confused about the meaning of the labels of compostable and biodegradable plastics … Of the biodegradable and compostable plastics tested under different home composting conditions, the majority did not fully disintegrate, including 60% of those that were certified ‘home compostable.’ We conclude that for both of these reasons, home composting is not an effective or environmentally beneficial waste processing method for biodegradable or compostable packaging in the UK …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Composting @ucl