Thanks to the demands of eco-conscious consumers, biodegradable and compostable plastics are cropping up everywhere.
Are these green plastics the solution to our throwaway lifestyle?
Well — it’s complicated.
Due to the demands of eco-conscious consumers, manufacturers are making more and more disposable plastic products from compostable polylactic acid.
However, there are a few things everyone should know before tossing these plastics in the compost bin.
In this video, Reactions explains how polylactic acid becomes compost:
Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios.
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