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Britain Lead in Biodegradable Plastics Stymied by Brussels

The EU has been accused of suppressing a scientific study which may have given a major boost to British entrepreneurs who claim to have invented biodegradable plastic.

British producers of oxo-biodegradable plastics say they break down faster than conventional plastics and could play a key role in the global fight against pollution.

The technology is controversial as some experts say that the plastics, which are treated with chemicals to make them degrade quickly, produce harmful “microplastics” that remain in the atmosphere and harm wildlife.

To help settle the contentious debate, scientists at the EU’s chemicals agency (ECHA) were told to investigate oxo-biodegradable plastics and planned to…



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Britain’s lead in ‘biodegradable plastic’ stymied by Brussels

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