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What is the meaning of biodegradable/biocomposites contained in plastic?
Question submitted on 10/12/07

May I know what is are the definitions of and difference between biodegradable and biocomposites?

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Here are the definitions from Wikipedia:

Biocomposites: A biocomposite is a material formed by a matrix (resin) and a reinforcement of natural fibers (usually derived from plants or cellulose). With wide-ranging uses from environment-friendly biodegradable composites to biomedical composites for drug/gene delivery, tissue engineering applications and cosmetic orthodontics. They often mimic the structures of the living materials involved in the process in addition to the strengthening properties of the matrix that was used but still providing biocompatibility, e.g in creating scaffolds in bone tissue engineering.
[Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biocomposite]

Biodegradable: Biodegradation is the process by which organic substances are broken down by living organisms. The term is often used in relation to ecology, waste management, environmental remediation (bioremediation) and to plastic materials, due to their long life span. Organic material can be degraded aerobically, with oxygen, or anaerobically, without oxygen.
[Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodegradable]

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