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Sustainability Now! Dec. 27: Are we Becoming “Plastic People of the Universe” Or, What does “biodegradable” really mean?
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As you may have read in a number of places, not only is the ocean full of plastic, we are literally living in an ocean of plastic microparticles falling from the sky.  Before you know it, we will all be “Plastic People of the Universe.”  On this show, Sustainability Now! addresses this and related topics.

Ronnie Lipschutz and Kevin Bell, co-founder and co-director of the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation in Santa Cruz, discuss the biodegradability of plastics and which ones don’t really break down. Along with a raft of SSRF volunteers and interns, Bell has been conducting research into the plastics recycling dilemma and the diffusion of plastic through the environment and also looking for ways to make sure that take-out containers and utensils are truly biodegradable and compostable.

Sustainability Now! is underwritten by the Sustainable Systems Research Foundation.