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Biodegradable bags remain polluting

2022-11-28T23:33:13.946Z

The total destruction of these materials is not guaranteed in domestic or collective composters. Whether “bio-sourced”, “biodegradable” or “compostable”, eco-bags were supposed to replace single-use plastic bags in the fruit and vegetable departments of supermarkets. But they are also, in part, made up of plastic derived from petroleum, and their total degradation in the environment is far from guaranteed, warns ANSES (National Agency for Food and Environmental Health Safety). ) in a notice r



Whether “bio-sourced”, “biodegradable” or “compostable”, eco-bags were supposed to replace single-use plastic bags in the fruit and vegetable departments of supermarkets.

But they are also, in part, made up of plastic derived from petroleum, and their total degradation in the environment is far from guaranteed, warns ANSES (National Agency for Food and Environmental Health Safety). ) in a notice released on Tuesday, September 29.

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As a result, the agency recommends not throwing these bags in household or collective composters.

"When an individual spreads compost in their vegetable garden to grow vegetables, for example, contamination cannot be excluded, resulting in a risk for the environment and for human health",

explains Aurélie Mathieu, assistant to ANSES's chemical substances risk and reference values ​​assessment unit.

After decomposition, polymers,…

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Source: lefigaro

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