Breakdown of Biodegradable Plastics in Ocean ‘Extremely Slow,’ UN Report Says

05/31/2016 at 9:58 | ABC News

Biodegradable plastics, often found in bottles and plastic bags, may not be part of the solution to ocean pollution as once marketed, according to a United Nations report published Monday, because they don’t break down well in marine environments.

The report, written by the UN’s top environmental scientists, says although biodegradable plastics were specifically designed to “be more susceptible to degradation,” they won’t solve the problem of litter in oceans because most plastic is extremely durable.

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