The properties of six biodegradable plastic bags, including BioBag, Flushdoggy, Green Genius, Oxobiodegradable, Rascodog, and World Centric, were examined. The effects of UV radiation, moisture, and weathering on mechanical properties were studied. The creep, tensile, and thermal degradation behavior of the bags were investigated. Most bags exhibited properties similar to traditional bags. All the bags generally started to degrade thermally at around 400C. Oxobiodegradable and Flushdoggy became brittle after accelerated aging while the properties of the traditional bags remained similar. The data indicated that biodegradable plastic bags offer an alternative to traditional plastic bags. The results from this work were accepted for publication in ANTEC 2011 proceedings.
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