By Susanne Rust
August 5, 2011
Bad news about “environmentally friendly” biodegradable plastics: They may not be so environmentally friendly after all.
According to research from North Carolina State University, biodegradable plastics can release large amounts of methane while decomposing. And methane is a potent greenhouse gas.
The study was funded by Procter & Gamble, a major manufacturer of plastic products.
“Everybody assumes that biodegradable is desirable. This study calls that into question,” Morton Barlaz, one of the researchers who conducted the study, told the McClatchy-Tribune News Service.