Readers of this column will recall that the UK Dept for the Environment (DEFRA) and the Dept. for Business (BEIS) claimed in their response to their 2019 consultation on Standards for Bio-based, Biodegradable and Compostable Plastics, that “There was a clear consensus in relation to plastics containing prodegradant agents aimed at aiding the biodegradation process, which was that such technologies are unproven and likely to be a source of microplastic pollution.”
I suspected that there was no such consensus, so I requested copies of all the submissions which DEFRA had received. I have read all the responses, including the 134 documents which DEFRA refused to disclose until they were ordered to do so by the Information Commissioner, and it is clear from this that there was no such consensus and that they had misled Parliament.
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