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What is the difference between degradable and biodegradable?


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2010-04-02 05:31:40
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Biodegradable means it can be decomposed but it needs a chemical agent to help break it down . Whereas degradable means it can be chemically degraded and it does not need an agent to degrade it.

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When something is bio degradable it will break down in the environment with the assistance of bacteria or other organisms. Non bio degradable detergent will not break down naturally without chemical assistance.

the bio degradable wastes are those which can be decomposed in the soil and non biodegradable are those which cannot be decomposed in the environment

Some. types like Oxo-degradable, oxo-biodegradable, oxy-degradable, oxy-biodegradable, and degradable plastic(bags) are harmful.For they are merely plastic with a chemical additive.

Yes they are biodegradable. They can be added to your compost pile.

AnswerYes, paper is biodegradable under certain conditions (compost), but is not landfill degradable certified.

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No. It is not made of biodegradable materials. However, I believe sun chips wrappers are biodegradable.

Biodegradable can be broken down by the earth naturally, non- biodegradable can not.

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Ya all plants are bio degradable

Yes, yarn made of viscose is completely biodegradable.

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soapy are biodegradable and soap-less non biodegradable

Aluminium cans are non bio degradable. However they can be recycled.

Biodegradable means it'll be able to separate enough to become beneficial to the earth rather than harmful (non-biodegradable).

The main difference between Ordinary Polythene & Biodegradable polythene is: * Ordinary polythene takes an around 100 + years to degrade... * Biodegradable/Degradable polythene degrades or biodegrades in around 5 yrs depending on how it's made and how its disposed. However, biodegradation starts in the presence of sunlight, moisture, mechanical stress and/or microorganisms... For more information on biodegradable polythene film please visit www.polybags.co.uk who offers both type of bags and will be able help you more... http://www.polybags.co.uk/index_scroll.htm?main=cs_898.htm.

Biodegradable plastic bags can degrade in a few weeks.

biodegradable pollutants can be broken down by living organsims where as non-biodegradable cannot be broken down back into the soil

If something is 'degradable', it means that it can be broken down into more basic substances. For instance, something that is biodegradable can be broken down by organic means. An animal carcass is biodegradable, because eventually, it will be broken down by bacteria into it's fundamental organic compounds.

Some example of BIO-DEGRADABLE THINGS: paper, juice, chicken bones, clothes... anything that can be broken down by organisms NON BIO-DEGRADABLE THINGS: plastic toys, plastic bags, glass, steel, synthetic rubber.

Glass bottles take somewhere around 1 million years to biodegrade. Almost everything is biodegradable, but it is a matter of how long it will take.

Cotton is a natural product and completely biodegradable. One-hundred percent cotton clothing can be recycled into useful items, including household insulation.

Biodegradable things break down over time. Non biodegradable items sit in dumps and landfills for a long time because they do not break down.

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