Can plastic really be composted?

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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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Source: American Chemical Society.