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SRI has used hydrolytic polymers to develop a decomposable plastic, available for license, that is useful in applications such as garbage bags, food packaging, and diapers, as well as for medical equipment and supplies.
Under the influence of either a mild base or acid, the disposable product easily degrades via hydrolysis of its polymeric components. This significantly reduces waste from single-use products that would otherwise take up space in landfills.
In addition, hydrolytic polymer-based technology is affordable and offers a base that manufacturers may use to create more cost-effective disposable plastics.