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Degradation of new biodegradable plastic materials in the Baltic Sea marine environment and assessment of associated environmental risk (UBINAM)

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Plastic litter pollution of marine environments is a widely recognized environmental problem. The plastic pollution ultimately stems from extensive and ever-increasing use of plastic materials and their unintentional transport to the environment. Plastic packaging from consumer products is one of the prevalent sources of marine plastic litter.

Bio-based and biodegradable materials as substitutes for petrochemical plastic materials have been presented as one solution for marine litter problem. These biomaterials are also central in on-going transition towards bio- and circular economies. The current extent of bio-based and biodegradable materials use is however not known nor their real degradation rates in the marine environment.

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The project studies microbial communities responsible for biomaterial degradation and absorption of harmful substances in the natural environment of the Baltic Sea. © Veijo Kinnunen

SYKE Marine Research Centre and Centre for Sustainable Production and Consumption are responsible for project realization. The project has three commercial partners; Plastiroll, Sulapac and Paptic. Biodegradation of novel bio-based and biodegradable materials produced by partner companies will be studied in laboratory and in the marine environment. Also, common commercially available bio-based and biodegradable materials used in consumer product packaging will be studied.

Published 2017-12-05 at 13:23, updated 2017-12-05 at 14:51

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