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Pure Plastic vs Biodegradable Plastic

It doesn't appear that there are any specific studies comparing the environmental impact of dog waste disposed of in biodegradable vs non-biodegradable bags, however there's quite a bit of work that's ...
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How does bioplastic recyclability compare with petrochemical-based plastic recyclability?

Conventional plastics All conventional plastics marked with the 1 to 6 resin identification codes are recyclable. Some types are more easy to recycle than others, for example recycling PVC is more ...
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What is the difference between biodegradable and compostable plastic?

The problem is that different people use different definitions for biodegradable and compostable. What people usually agree on is the following: Biodegradable means that a plastic can disintegrate ...
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What type of bin liner is best for waste heading to landfill?

New plastic bags (if you can still find them in your local shops -- I can't anymore) are best for purchasing once and then using maybe 10 times. In contrast to recycled plastic bags that generally ...
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Throwing away compostable packaging

How to dispose of things depends on your local waste processing facility and what kind of waste streams they can handle, so it's always best to ask them. There are a few general guidelines though. If ...
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Are single-use PurPod coffee pods from Ethical Bean made with PLA?

The picture says 'made from coffee chaff & plant-based material', so there is something else in the pod besides just coffee chaff. After some digging I finally found this blog where it says that: ...
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What is the difference between biodegradable and compostable plastic?

Compostable plastic can be added to a compost heap, to be degraded and transformed into compost along with the rest of the compostable materials, to be turned into a soil improver within 6 months. The ...
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How to recycle cartridges for ballpoint or rolling pens?

The pen you just used up Paper Mate offers a free recycling program that doubles as a charity fund-raiser. Only Paper Mate pens are accepted. Send your used writing instruments to The Pen Guy who ...
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How "heavy duty" does a compostable container need to be to hold hot food?

Sugarcane and natural fiber are your best bets, but even they won't hold up to hot wet food over time. You could consider corn-based plastic, but these are biodegradable rather than compostable; ...
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Solution to zero-waste take-away cup containers?

Rather than focus on alternatives to plastic lids on disposable containers, I thought it would be beneficial to have another solution entirely: Use reusable lunch gear As a consumer, you can bring a ...
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Freezing Ice Pops Sustainably

It's always tough coming up with alternatives to plastic. Modern merchandising and consumer expectations demand it. So sad! When I was growing up, popsicles came in waxed paper, inside a waxed ...
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Solution to zero-waste take-away cup containers?

Plastic films can line paper containers. https://www.avantium.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/20191011-Press-release-Avantium-joins-Paper-Bottle-Project-final.pdf But also plastic is being developed ...
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