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Mandatory Degradation?

Posted February 01, 2010 7:58 AM

Plastics that self-degrade are starting see use in Europe. Considering the heated debate over plastic bags and the taxes and bans being imposed on them, do you think self-degradation additives should be mandatory for manufacturers or retailers?

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Re: Mandatory Degradation?

02/04/2010 9:03 AM

I think it should be mandatory if some of the cost is ultimately passed on to consumers. The concept is something that I believe everyone, retails, manufactureres, and consumers would like to see happen more. www.sunpack.com/blog/

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Re: Mandatory Degradation?

02/10/2010 11:23 AM

I wouldn't trust the additives. Just becuase something is certified safe doesn't mean it's true. Take chemotherapy drugs. Most of them actually cause cancer. They are so toxic and immunosuppresive.

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Re: Mandatory Degradation?

02/11/2010 7:50 AM

My local supermarket uses biodegradable plastic bags, and are still competitive with the big supermarkets.

If I make the mistake of storing something in one, the bag becomes powder in about 6 months to a year.

I never throw plastic bags away without using them for something else first. Most often as bin liner bags. These bags break down in landfill, even if buried.

If I didn't have them, I'd have to buy special bags for the purpose, so there would be no saving for the environment by using the "green" re usable bags which the big supermarkets try to encourage us to buy.

My real question is, if these bags already exist, at a competitive price, why will it cost more for some special additives in other bags to do the same job?

Second question is why do we need these new bags if there are suitable, cheap bags already around to do the same job?

This proposal sounds suspiciously like an attempt to simply relieve the public of even more of their cash - for the sake of the planet of course.

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