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Biodegradable Plastics and Marine Litter: Misconceptions, concerns and impacts on marine environments

dc.contributorDEPI
dc.contributor.authorUnited Nations Environment Programme
dc.coverage.spatialGlobal
dc.date.accessioned2016-10-11T19:56:57Z
dc.date.available2016-10-11T19:56:57Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.isbn978-92-807-3494-2
dc.identifier.otherDEP/1908/nA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11822/7468
dc.descriptionThis briefing paper provides a concise summary of some of the key issues surrounding the biodegradability of plastics in the oceans. It explores whether the adoption of biodegradable plastics will reduce the impact of marine plastics overall. The paper also addresses the lack of public knowledge about biodegradable plastics. Moreover, it the raises concern over the labeling of products as “biodegradable” as it may result in more littering behaviors due to a perceived technical fix that removes responsibility from individuals
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherUnited Nations Environment Programme
dc.rightsPublicen_US
dc.subjectPolymers
dc.subjectplastics
dc.subjectbiodegradable
dc.subjectdegradation
dc.subjectmarine environment
dc.subjectplastic litter
dc.subject.classificationClimate Change
dc.titleBiodegradable Plastics and Marine Litter: Misconceptions, concerns and impacts on marine environments
dc.typeReports and Books
wd.identifier.old-id11891
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
wd.identifier.sdgSDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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