Mirel and current biodegradable plastics both have starch bases and are made using bacteria fermentation. However, current biodegradable plastics use polylactic acid(PLA), while Mirel uses polyhydroxyalkanoate(PHA) which "many microbes in soil and water feed on", allowing it to break down outside of industrial conditions.
With cities like San Francisco going "100% bioplastic bags" something like this not only reduces waste, but is a hot market. Unfortunately, costs are keeping biodegradable plastic bags in general from becoming widespread, but the easier they biodegrade, the cheaper the lifecycle of the bag should be. Hopefully this will make a mass switch come a little sooner.
written by Drug rehabilitation, March 13, 2008
written by Airynn, March 24, 2008
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