Ocean Degradability of Plastics Labeled as Biodegradable Studied

According to the abstract of a May 24, 2023 Plus One article by researchers with the University of California San Diego Scripps Institution of Oceanography “… we tested the biodegradability in marine waters of textiles made of polylactic acid, a diffused industrially compostable plastic … Results show that polylactic acid … does not degrade in the marine environment for over 428 days … natural and regenerated cellulose fibers undergo complete biodegradation within approximately 35 days … Referring to compostable plastics as biodegradable plastics is misleading …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #MicroPlastics @Scripps_Ocean