ASTM WK56175

    New Classification for Degradable Materials and Products

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    Developed by Subcommittee: D34.03 | Committee D34 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    This classification provides a general classification system for the degradation of materials and products based on the mechanism of degradation, rate of degradation, extent of degradation and the environment in which the degradation will occur.


    biodegradable, degradable, compostable


    There is currently significant confusion in the marketplace regarding the classification of products and materials as it relates to their degradability. The terms degradable, biodegradable, compostable and more are used interchangeably creating significant confusion when selecting materials as well as in the marketing of materials and products. This classification will provide a system useful in classifying the performance of materials and in clearly identifying desired degradation characteristics of a material in purchase requests.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Work Item Status

    Date Initiated:

    Technical Contact:
    Teresa Clark

    Draft Under Development