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Biodegradable Plastics

Plastics are strong, flexible, lightweight, and resistant to corrosion. This ensures that plastic products can last a long time and stand up to rough treatment. These properties of plastics also mean that they are non-biodegradable Ė that is, they donít break down easily when exposed to sunlight and water. This makes them particularly good for packaging.

However, these properties also mean that plastics last a very long time in landfill. In fact, a PET plastic drink bottle can take up to 500 years to decompose in landfill. And discarded plastic bags can float in the sea for years, making the water unsightly and dangerous for animals.

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