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Definition of #Biodegradable.

Updated: May 26, 2020


Capable of being decomposed by biological activity. Capable of being broken down (decomposed) rapidly by the action of microorganisms. #Biodegradable substances include food scraps, cotton, wool, wood, human and animal waste,manufactured products based on natural materials (such as paper, and vegetable-oil based soaps). See also #degradable and #photodegradable. #Biodegradable materials are those which can be degraded by natural processes into some usable forms. Example - Human and animal excreta, Plant products like rubber, paper, wood, leaves, cotton, and wool, Dead remains of living organisms, Kitchen waste, Agricultural waste. The 'bio' part of the word means that the process is helped along with biological organisms, such as fungi and bacteria, which digest the material. So a '#biodegradable' object is one that will break down quickly and safely into harmless compounds by using the action of microorganisms.

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