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  • Plastic debris in the sea does not get digested by microbes, but it does "photodegrade": ultraviolet light and heat make it brittle and prone to cracking.

    Scientific American

  • Eileen wanted to clarify what 'photodegrade' means so that women like her can make the case against plastic to their husbands!

    More Hip Than Hippie Podcast

  • "photodegrade": ultraviolet light and heat from the sun increase its brittleness, causing it to weaken, crack and break up into smaller and smaller fragments.

    Scientific American

  • NGUYEN: But I wonder, photodegrade, how long does that take, though?

    CNN Transcript Dec 8, 2006

  • Even the Sierra Club, which often is at the forefront of these, says these are just not as big an issue because they are easy to break and a animal can generally break out of them, and the do photodegrade.

    CNN Transcript Dec 8, 2006

  • Plastic will photodegrade, a process by which it ultimately ends up breaking into countless tiny bits of the same substance.

    HowStuffWorks Daily Feed

  • But the problems surrounding waste plastic bags starts long before they photodegrade.

    The Daily News - News

  • Plastic bags are difficult and costly to recycle, and most end up on landfill sites where they take around 300 years to photodegrade.

    The Daily News - News

  • Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade - breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest.

    The Vail Trail - All Sections

  • They photodegrade, becoming bits of plastic dust, a contaminant, and even that takes many, many decades.

    The Seattle Times

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