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Friday, October 16, 2015
For those who are environmentally minded it is important to know what is environmentally friendly versus what is merely "not toxic." For example; a lot of material, including many kinds of plastic, will readily degrade, but not necessarily biodegrade.
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A material that breaks down through chemical reactions rather than through the activity of microorganisms (fracture into smaller and smaller pieces). This is largely what the great Pacific garbage patch is made up of.
A material that breaks down with the assistance of micro- organisms, eventually returning to its original organic components.
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