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By Christopher Thompson While banning single-use plastics may seem like a "strong environmental move," contrary to popular belief, the alternatives are seemingly worse. One of the alternatives is biodegradable plastic. It delivers convenience and returns the waste to the earth after use, but the concept isn't as utopian as it seems. Biodegradable plastics put the entire compost system at risk. Incomplete degradation can result in residuals that contaminate the compost, making it useless for its fertilizing value. And even if the degradation is complete, these bags break down to just carbon dioxide (released to the air) and water. Unlike compost of natural vegetable wastes, there is no nutrition there to return to the soil. More biodegradable plastic is required to serve the same purpose as conventional plastics, because these new polymers lack the same strength. For example, if a supplier wants to ensure the groceries don't break their bag, they need to produce bags with thicker walls.