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"Biodegradable" plastic bags survive three years in sea

Do "biodegradable" plastic bags really biodegrade? These scientists examined the degradation of five of these bags. This is what they found out.

05/15/2019 10:51 AM
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126 comments

  • Natalie M.
    08/30/2019 19:34

    this is the one

  • Irene B.
    06/25/2019 18:42

    Time we joined Bangladesh and banned plastic bags. I have a shopping trolley and a canvas shopping bag, if i need extra I use paper bags

  • Arthur L.
    06/15/2019 00:20

    Did anyone else get an ad during this video?

  • Stephanie G.
    06/12/2019 08:46

    These "scientists" should have done their research properly before doing experimental work. It is no secret that biodegradable material will degrade in industrial compost or in environments that have the right conditions, not just thrown randomly in the sea or on the floor.

  • Almarys M.
    06/09/2019 15:00

    Ivette Nigaglioni

  • Nazmul H.
    06/08/2019 08:10

    Yes the devil 😈😈😈 business corporation is liable for this kind of bad ....

  • Sumita R.
    06/06/2019 13:27

    Thanks for the update! There should be strict government rules about not using non-recycleable plastic materials. Natural alternatives are there and with the help of public awareness programs,we can get rid of those plastics!

  • Alex S.
    06/06/2019 12:47

    Another lie told to us by the mega-corporations.

  • Tania S.
    06/06/2019 07:00

    not good.

  • Joselito D.
    06/06/2019 05:59

    Sharmaine Mae Naval

  • Tom K.
    06/05/2019 03:58

    Re use boxes as many times as possible then compost them. It’s really not that hard

  • George L.
    06/04/2019 21:07

    this what you do

  • John M.
    06/04/2019 14:22

    Crap. So the biodegradable are lying ?? There goes another shitload of truth.......

  • Papelin C.
    06/04/2019 13:36

    Unbelievable and extremely disappointing from those companies doing that... I remember I placed a Carrefour biodegradable bag in a container where I put dirty socks and jeans for 3 months... after that time the bag was in small pieces and like dust... really good!!!... so, many other are doing it... or maybe that bag was just to do so in certain conditions?... I want to think that some companies are being more conscious about this

  • Julia P.
    06/04/2019 09:59

    Gross

  • Mary O.
    06/04/2019 07:54

    Yes. Again very worrying. Best policy is to only use natural products.

  • Natasha F.
    06/04/2019 06:45

    food for thought.. What about paper bags?

  • Laura S.
    06/02/2019 14:24

    That's where the difference between "compostable" and "commercially compostable" should be stated. I believe most compostable plastic bags are made of potato starch, and I'd struggle to believe that potato starch wouldn't just naturally biodegrade. Yet, the massive production of them apparently is really bad for energy consumption. Stick to your cotton or canvas bags, use them wisely and take care of them. Or get yourselves bike with a basket. Handy things :)

  • Jack P.
    06/02/2019 07:06

    The best solution is to stop humans from littering (sea or land) and dirtying earth.

  • Kayla C.
    06/02/2019 04:58

    you might find this very interesting