Gallery: Study Finds Biodegradable Products Release Potent Greenhouse G...

 

Biodegradable products are often championed as eco-friendly alternatives to plastic goods under the assumption that they safely break down at the end of their lifecycles, causing no permanent damage to the environment. However according to new research by North Carolina State University, biodegradable products may actually be doing more harm than good. The study found that when biodegradable products are thrown into landfills they actually release methane – a powerful greenhouse gas.

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  1. lazyreader June 2, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Biodegradable products are made of carbon rich matter, they’ll degrade anaerobically in landfills to produce methane. Fortunately modern landfills harvest the gas and burn it to provide residential power. Just another nail in the coffin for all the stuff we were trying to convince people or force them to do that in truth doesn’t matter. Even composting produces CO2 and some methane even when we aerate the mixture properly. CO2 is roughly 0.04 percent of the earths atmosphere ( nearly 2 trillion tons ) so a few billion tons is of no consequence.

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