biodegradability


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biodegradability

The capacity of a molecule or material to be degraded by enzymes or other natural process, without leaving toxic residues in the environment.

biodegradability,

n the natural ability of a chemical substance to be broken down into less complex compounds with fewer carbon atoms by bacteria or other microorganisms.
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The graphs of kinetic dependences are used for surfactants biodegradability indicators calculation (Fig.
The only source of carbon in the biodegradability tests was the organic compounds of the composite films.
The home compostability certificate in addition to our European and US biodegradability accreditations gives packaging and label producers who specify Clarifoil a very clear offering combining quality with excellent sustainability credentials.
The company sells only biodegradable products, which meet the most stringent scientific requirements for biodegradability and compostability, made primarily from corn and potato starch.
As foundries have required increased performance from their release agents--including higher application rates, reduced volatile organic carbon (VOC) emissions (EPA Method 24), improved biodegradability and reduced overall emission rates during casting--suppliers have developed new release agent formulas.
The latter are increasingly desired in a wide variety of personal care products for their mildness, surfactant ability and biodegradability.
Cepi holds that the original directive discriminated against recyclable packaging--a position that could not be justified in environmental terms, said Cepi, because it disregarded key factors, such as the use of renewable resources, recyclability, biodegradability and transport factors.
Biodegradability of extractives in sapwood and heartwood from Scots pine by sapstain and white rot fungi.
Shaklee, with $459 million in sales for 1992, was founded in 1956 and as early as the first Earth Day in 1970 was emphasizing the biodegradability of its products in its literature, long before emblazoning environmental attributes on product packaging became the norm.
Alexander's paper roots really start to show when he produces his own off-the-cuff comparison of paper and plastic grocery bags, and counts biodegradability among paper's advantages.
The release said that Bunnies' executives felt standards should be established for all companies advertising the biodegradability of their products.