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Compostable plastics are usually made from what would be known as natural resins such as cellulose, lactic acid, starch, etc. These types of plastics are biodegradable but more specifically compostable.

Some of the natural resins require an initial mechanical breakdown from high heat before microbes can biodegrade the plastic. This type of environment is usually only found in industrial composting facilities.

There are other plastics which utilize an organic additive to render standard plastics biodegradable by microbes.

It is important to keep in mind that standard plastics are made from fossil fuels which is a natural material (fossilized algae).

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Are plastic resin made out of natural resin?

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Is cloth biodegradable?

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