ASTM WK75797

    New Specification for Biodegradable Products in the Marine Aqueous Environment

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    Developed by Subcommittee: D20.96 | Committee D20 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    This specification covers products made from materials (including packaging and coatings) that are designed to be biodegradable under the marine environmental conditions of aerobic marine waters or anaerobic marine sediments, or both. (Possible environments are shallow and deep salt water and brackish water.)


    plastics; polymers; biobased; natural; biodegradable plastic; marine biodegradable; microbial:degradable plastics; packaging


    There is an industry need for a standardized approach to demonstrate product conformance for degradability in a marine environment. Currently, there are multiple approaches being discussed at state and organizational levels. The need for a cooperative industry approach is critical. Users will include, academia, testing labs, government and industry manufacturing.

    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:
    Scott Wollack

    Draft Under Development