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What Does Marine Degradable mean?

Marine Degradable generally means a material has the ability to completely biodegrade under marine environmental conditions including aerobic marine waters or anaerobic marine sediments within a specified timeframe, leaving no toxic substances or residue (doesn’t have any ecotoxicity). Some will only apply this term to non-plastics, such as cellulose materials like paper. A standard providing more clarity, assurance, and testing requirements needs to be provided for this term to be effective and meaningful. On April 1, 2019, TUV Austria released the OK biodegradable MARINE standard which requires that a material is 90 percent degraded (in total or of maximum degradation of a suitable reference substance) within six months, meet specific disintegration requirements, and not have high levels of ecotoxicity. 

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