The responsible scientist for UBINAM project Hermanni Kaartokallio lifting the experimental device from the sea near the University of Helsinki Tvärminne Research Station in January 2019. The device was stationed in approximately ten meters depth in free water above the seafloor. © eva Eronen-Rasimus/Finnish Environment Institute

Only some biodegradable plastics actually decompose rapidly in the Baltic Sea

Press release 2019-11-14, Finnish Environment Institute
The Finnish Environment Institute SYKE has studied how biodegradable and bio-based materials actually decompose in the Baltic Sea marine environment. The research programme comprised a set of year-long tests in the sea. Some materials decomposed almost completely within six months, while others decomposed not very much at all in the course of the entire year.

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