New genre of plastics that biodegrade right in the soil

A new breed of plastics are starting to gain a foothold in products ranging from teapots to potato chip bags to plastic plant pots that biodegrade right in the soil.

Among them is a new plastic with the crystal-clear clarity, toughness, resistance to heat, and other advantages needed to compete with polycarbonate.

Made without the worrisome bisphenol A (BPA), it is replacing polycarbonate in baby bottles and beverage bottles.

Another new plastic has potential for fighting global warming, consisting of consisting of 40 percent carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas.

The changes have been published in the current edition of Chemical and Engineering News, ACS’ weekly newsmagazine.

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