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To design truly compostable plastic, scientists take cues from nature – EurekAlert

Scientists at Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley have designed an enzyme-activated compostable plastic that could diminish microplastics pollution. Household tap water…

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IMAGE: A modified plastic (left) breaks down after just three days (right) in standard compost and entirely after two weeks.
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Credit: UC Berkeley photo by Ting Xu
Despite our efforts to sort and recycle, less than 9% of plastic gets recycled in the U.S., and most ends up in landfill or the environment.
Biodegradable plastic bags and containers could help, but if they’re not properly sorted, they can contaminate otherwise recyclable #1 and #2 plastics. What’s worse, most biodegradable…

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