Biodegradable Plastics

Many, but not all, of the biobased plastics, and some that are fossil-derived, are also susceptible to degradation under normal biologic conditions, both in the body and in the environment. There is considerable debate about the meaning of this biodegradation. How quickly must it take place (we could all agree that some level of degradation would take place eventually, if one waited long enough)? What byproducts of the degradation constitute true biodegradation? The articles below address these questions and more.