Bio­plas­tics – Friend or Foe?

Plas­tic Soup Foundation

The agri­cul­tur­al sec­tor is one of the largest con­trib­u­tors of microplas­tics pol­lu­tion, due to the inten­tion­al use of microplas­tics in agri­cul­tur­al prod­ucts such as fer­til­iz­ers, mulch, pes­ti­cides and coat­ed seeds. Some of these microplas­tics will find their way to ditch­es, chan­nels, rivers and the ocean, and some will remain in the soil, where they can cause harm to the ecosys­tem or even migrate into the food chain. 

The Plas­tic Soup Foun­da­tion aims to con­tribute to reduc­ing plas­tic pol­lu­tion in agri­cul­tur­al sys­tems and sur­round­ing waters, by stim­u­lat­ing the use of bio­plas­tics that tru­ly biode­grade in both soil and fresh­wa­ter envi­ron­ments, and push for more strin­gent biodegrad­abil­i­ty stan­dards in the EU. For that pur­pose, they will con­duct research, build­ing on their pre­vi­ous work, to pro­vide more clar­i­ty to the ques­tion of biodegrad­abil­i­ty of bio­plas­tic mulch films.

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