mardi 1 septembre 2009

Biodegradable waste bags "more damaging" than PE

A detailed life cycle analysis (LCA) study of plastics waste bags carried out by Germany’s Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IFEU) has shown that traditional PE resins are less damaging in environmental terms than the biodegradable versions currently on the market in Europe.

The study - which was commissioned by Germany’s Association for Plastics Packaging and Films (IK) - shows that, when all environmental factors are considered, the least environmentally damaging option for plastics waste bags is to use recycled PE, followed by virgin PE. The current biodegradable options – including both petrochemical and renewably-sourced plastics – performed the worst in its analysis.

A comprehensive summary of the findings of the IFEU study can be viewed here

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