biodegradability


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biodegradability

[‚bī·ō·di‚grād·ə′bil·əd·ē]
(materials)
The characteristic of a substance that can be broken down by microorganisms.
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According to the researchers, the biological structure, reasonable price, biodegradability and flexibility with optical and mechanical properties are the reasons for the use of bacteria nanopaper because the majority of transparent substrates used in the production of optical sensors are expensive, toxic and non-biodegradable.
The biodegradability of foam concentrates was evaluated according to GOST R 50595-93 [6], which was redesigned into GOST 32509-2013 for the Customs Union.
Samples of biocomposite films with a size of 30 mm x 30 mm were used for the biodegradability tests.
Topics include: USDA programs supporting development of bio-based industrial products, polyalkylene glycols as next generation engine oils, determining biodegradability of lubricants by a biokinetic model, and a historical overview of the use of vegetable and animal oils as steel quenchants.
Due to its non-VOC status, low toxicity and biodegradability, Texanol has been awarded the Green Label Type II certificate in China by the China Environmental United Certification Co.
The author notes six factors that have contributed to these improvements: advances in pesticide chemistry and toxicology, the banning of many chlorinated hydrocarbons, the development of new biochemical targets, increased reliance on genetically modified crops that has reduced the amount and variety of pesticides applied, an emphasis on biodegradability and environmental protection, and integrated pest-and pesticide-management systems.
And even if you do reduce packaging or use packaging with better biodegradability, you have to evaluate those changes against the potential negative impact these can have, like the need for greater fuel within the supply chain or greater food wastage during transportation.
s counter-argument is that compostability and biodegradability aren't the same thing.
Other topics include prediction of yarn strength, polypropylene with cassava starch compounds, a biodegradability test for footwear leather, epoxidized soybean oil as PVC plasticizer, and modification of cellulose by biocidal polyelectrolites.
The combination of large scale use, high water solubility and only minor biodegradability has now resulted in a significant gasoline oxygenate contamination occurring in surface, ground, and drinking water systems.
Traditional cellophane films are largely based on renewable cellulose, but they don't meet the latest strict standard for biodegradability and compostability (ASTM D6400).
Our dedication to biodegradability of plastic bottles started in Africa, before focussing on joint ventures in foreign markets globally," said Nick Havercroft Chairman of PGBC.