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ASTM Standardization News: “Standards for Biodegradable Plastics”

Opening paragraph from “Standards for Biodegradable Plastics”, ASTM Standardization News,, March/April 2019 issue

“From toothbrush handles and computer keys to aviation components and medical devices, plastics have become an ubiquitous part of modern life. To keep up with demand, manufacturers produce between 270 and 360 million Mg (300 and 400 million tons) of plastic worldwide each year. Unfortunately, what happens once plastics outlive their usefulness has become a troubling issue of our age.”

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