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Bioplastics create a composting conundrum

Biodegradable food packaging is a step in the right direction, experts say, but when composted carries risks of microplastic and chemical contamination.

GROTON, Mass. — Steam billows inside Black Earth Compost’s processing facility as Syed Dong, regional operations manager, opens the building’s delivery door and lets in the chilly March air.

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Is plastic-free plastic even possible?

Is plastic-free plastic even possible?

The term "plastic-free" isn't nearly as simple or self-explanatory as it sounds, and that making single-use packaging greener is a complex challenge for everyone involved.

bioplastics won't solve our plastic problems
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Why bioplastics won't solve our plastic problems

Compostable food waste bin caddies are the main sustainable use for bioplastics at present. Almost all bioplastics are ending up in landfill.
How to compost—and why it’s good for the environment

How to compost—and why it’s good for the environment

The science behind recycling your food scraps at home and how it reduces emissions from landfills.

Five myths about plastics

Five myths about plastics

No, bioplastics are not (necessarily) more sustainable than conventional plastics. Plus, here are 4 more fallacies that need to be fixed if we are going to shape plastics policies correctly.

A 'sea tractor' harvests and replants carbon-capturing seaweed at this floating farm
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A 'sea tractor' harvests and replants carbon-capturing seaweed at this floating farm

Seaweed farming could be a potent weapon in the fight against climate change. But can it scale?
Could we grow enough plants to make all our plastic plant-based?

Could we grow enough plants to make all our plastic plant-based?

It would take a major reshaping of global agriculture to generate enough material to replace petroleum-based plastic with plant-based ones. Circularity has to be the end goal.
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