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ASTM Works to Revise/Reinstate biodegradable plastics standard.

Press Release Summary:

Jun 01, 2015 - ASTM is working to revise and reinstate standard D7081-05, Standard Specification for Non-Floating Biodegradable Plastics in the Marine Environment. Said revision, which will include name change, will cover products (including packaging and coatings) made from plastics that are designed to be biodegradable in natural seawater. This specification was withdrawn in April 2014 in accordance with ASTM Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees (section 10.6.3).

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

Original Press Release

ASTM Members Working to Revise and Reinstate a Standard for Biodegradable Plastics

Press release date: May 29, 2015

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa. – ASTM International members are working to revise and reinstate a standard (D7081-05, Standard Specification for Non-Floating Biodegradable Plastics in the Marine Environment). The revision – including a name change – will cover products made from plastics (including packaging and coatings) that are designed to be biodegradable in natural seawater.

This specification was withdrawn in April 2014 in accordance with ASTM Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees (section 10.6.3), which require that standards be updated no later than the eighth year since the last approval date. Subcommittee D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable Plastics and Biobased Products (part of Committee D20 on Plastics) has been continually working to revise and reinstate the standard since before its withdrawal.

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