…To Implement Viable Biodegradable Packaging

February 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

Every day, I find myself throwing away plastic bags, whether it be for chips, cereal, produce bags, etc. I try to recycle as much as possible, but I don’t know of any recycling program that takes the types of plastic food packaging I just mentioned. Every time I throw out one of these things, I do it with a big sigh, and a mental image of baby sea birds who died because their parents inadvertently fed them plastic waste that winds up in our waterways. I also think of all the dead sea turtles found with notable quantities of plastic in their stomachs, after injesting plastic bags that float in the water. Apparently they mistake these for jellyfish, which are their natural prey.

From what little I’ve read, and I’m far from an expert on these things, serviceable biodegradable packaging is not currently a viable option for many reasons, mostly economic. I hope I get a chance to spend some time to find out about this and write more about it. Here’s something I found from Smithsonian.com: Corn Plastic To The Rescue. It is only one possible solution.


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