Biofilms developed an additive that, when incorporated into plastic, renders
the plastic biodegradable. The Federal Trade Commission recently decided that
ECM could not prove to the agency’s satisfaction that the technology actually
worked, since it could not definitively say that plastics made with its
additive would biodegrade in a landfill in less than five years.
five years? According to the FTC, that is what “a minority” (11 to 20%) of
consumers expects when they see the word “biodegradable” on a product’s label. The
FTC ruled that plastics made with ECM’s technology and labeled “biodegradable”
were therefore falsely advertised. This sets an impossible standard: little or nothing biodegrades within five
years in a landfill. In effect, then, the FTC is barring “biodegradable”
decision could have far-reaching consequences not just for the plastics
industry—particularly for agriculture, which relies heavily on plastics—but
also for dietary supplements and other environmentally friendly products. Tell the FTC that their recent
ruling on biodegradable plastics sets a very dangerous (and absurd) precedent,
and ask them to reverse their ruling.
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