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.
For more information visit: https://www.plasticsoupfoundation.org/en/