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biodegradable

(of sewage constituents, packaging material, etc.) capable of being decomposed by bacteria or other biological means

Biodegradable

Waste material composed primarily of constituent parts that occur naturally, are able to be decomposed by bacteria or fungi, and are absorbed into the ecosystem. Wood, for example, is biodegradable, while plastics are not.
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Companies active in biodegradable plastics market and profiled in this research include BASF, NatureWorks, Novamont, DuPont, Mitsubishi Chemical, Showa Denko, Corbion, Kingfa Sci & Tech, Yifan Xinfu Pharmaceutical, Shenzhen Rainbow Fine Chemical Industry, Wuhan Huali Environment Technology and Anqing Hexing Chemical.
Browse Full "Biobased Biodegradable Plastics Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2014 - 2020" Reports at http://www.
Environmental experts warn that the use of biodegradable bags may not be sufficient to reduce the harm to nature unless the right conditions for decomposition are fulfilled; for example, biodegradables made of corn can be deposited in landfills, but produce methane.
GEMTEK makes dozens of cleaners, solvents, anti-allergen body care products, industrial lubricants and other biobased products out of corn, soybeans and other plants, which are nontoxic, biodegradable and use no synthetic or petroleum-based chemical compounds.
Another example of a C4 plant that could possibly be used in the making of biodegradable materials is wheat straw.
In Britain, more than a dozen companies sell inexpensive, biodegradable burial enclosures, ranging from cloth burial bags to wicker stretchers to cardboard coffins.
Browne claims that products made from biodegradable plastic will decompose in any moist environment that harbors bacteria, like in compost or a landfill.
When entrepreneurs Bob Chickering and Mike Zullo launched a disposable diaper, called Bunnies, made with biodegradable plastic, they created a species of animal they little expected.
Those on the other side of the fence argue that the advantages of paper sacks stack up like this: Besides the greater holding capacity, which means fewer trips to the car, paper bags don't collapse on the seat or on the kitchen table, they don't hurt hands or encourage poor posture when being carried, and they are 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable.
LONDON -- The global synthetic and bio-based biodegradable plastics market is projected to grow from USD 2.