What is a list of biodegradable materials?
Credit:JupiterimagesPhotlibraryGetty Images
Q:

What is a list of biodegradable materials?

A:

Quick Answer

Lists of biodegradable materials present indexes of goods, equipment and substances that break down in nature. Most lists of biodegradable substances are available online through the websites of environmentally conscious organizations, such as the Biodegradable Products Institute and the Environmental Protection Agency.

 Know More

Full Answer

Lists available online allow users to search for biodegradable materials in different ways, including by manufacturer, manufacturer's field, product type and product name. This variety affords users many opportunities to locate and compare materials. The EPA's website contains links to its own lists and research as well as lists compiled by other credible organizations. The Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education website has a list of materials that aren't biodegradable along with the time it takes them to break down in a marine environment.

Learn more about Pollution

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is water pollution?

    A:

    Water pollution occurs when water is contaminated with chemicals and foreign substances that are harmful to humans, plants and animals. Water pollutants include chemical contamination from waste sites, chemical wastes from industrial discharges, heavy metals such as mercury and lead, sewage waste, food processing waste, fertilizers and pesticides.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are some causes of personal pollution?

    A:

    Some causes of personal pollution include using chemicals when gardening, littering and not disposing of substances like antifreeze correctly. Causes of personal pollution vary between households, as do the solutions. For example, not everybody drives, which means not everyone can cut down on driving to reduce petrol output.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How does water pollution occur?

    A:

    Water pollution can occur via several mechanisms, but the most common causes are dumping industrial waste and sewage into bodies of water, along with the use of toxic substances in agriculture that runs off into rivers. There are also less common causes of water pollution like accidental oil spills.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How does water get polluted?

    A:

    Water gets polluted when waste or toxic substances mix with bodies of water, such as lakes, reservoirs, streams or rivers. Common water pollutants include chemical waste, pesticides and gasoline.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore