Yes, that is correct. Soil and marine biodegradable plastics can help eliminate Persistent Plastic Particulate Pollution (PPPP), a significant environmental concern. PPPP refers to the accumulation of plastic particles in natural environments, such as oceans and waterways, that do not degrade over time.
Traditional plastics can take hundreds of years to decompose. During this time, they can break down into smaller particles known as microplastics. These microplastics can be harmful to animal and marine life and can enter the food chain, potentially affecting human health as well.
On the other hand, soil and marine biodegradable plastics break down into natural substances reducing the amount of plastic waste that accumulates in the environment. This helps prevent the negative impact of microplastics and PPPP on wildlife and ecosystems. They will continue from disintegration through the process of biodegradation with the outputs typically being C02 and H20.
Bio-based plastics are not always soil and marine biodegradable and most often are not. They are very often used to create traditional plastics that have all of the same PPPP problems.
Furthermore, these biodegradable plastics can also reduce the amount of traditional plastic that ends up in the environment, further reducing the potential for PPPP.
Overall, the use of soil and marine biodegradable plastics is a step towards a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly approach to plastic use and waste management.
When managing plastic waste, it’s all about the end of life. If the soil and marine biodegradable plastics’ end of life is in soil or water, then we are making progress towards the elimination of PPPP.