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By BlueMap - Matter Network and Reuters

By Andrea Hart

That plastic fork you're using to chow down your Chow Mein will be lasting longer than the yummy noodles - much longer. Plastics are a petroleum based product, which means not only are they not biodegradable, but also they remain in the environment for hundreds to thousands of years. 

As a result, eventhough your lunch will be gone in 20 minutes, that one-time-use fork will see its 500th birthday.

Next time, avoid using plastic forks and instead, use Spudware! Spudware is a new kind of "plastic" cutlery made from 80% potato starch and 20% soy oil that can biodegrade in 180 days under the proper conditions.

For the rest of the story and sources please see http://www.reuters.com/article/mnGreenGadgets/idUS225882656720090728