Can Plastic Be Composted?

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Reactions Science Videos | January 08, 2019

Thanks to the demands of eco-conscious consumers, biodegradable and compostable plastics are cropping up everywhere. Are these green plastics the solution to our throwaway lifestyle? Well -- it’s complicated.

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