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Won’t encouraging the use of biologically degradable materials lead to more thin-film plastic leaking into the ocean?

It is unclear how the use of these materials would change behavior. People already have challenges adhering to existing waste management systems and it is not clear that the presence of these materials would make them even more likely to do so.

Also, large portions of the marine plastic problem arise from jurisdictions with ineffective or insufficient waste management systems, so alternative materials are a mitigation strategy for these issues. 

52HZ is working closely with marine debris experts to understand the potential for challenges arising from the implementation of new materials, and as a campaign organization will reinforce how waste management is key regardless of end of life performance of the prize materials.

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