• The Effect of UV Treatment on the Degradation of Compostable Polylactic Acid
    Author:
    Catherine Zhang (1), Sahas Rathi (2), Julie Goddard (3), Kara Constantine (1), Peter Collins (1)
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    28 November 2013 4:03 PM |

    Polylactic acid (PLA) is a bio-based, compostable plastic that is comparable in cost to petroleum-based plastics. This study aims to evaluate the effects of UV treatment and mechanical chopping on the degradation of PLA. Based on their findings, the authors propose an alternative PLA degradation process that may be more time and energy efficient than current processes.

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