Breakthroughs in the development of bioplastics have brought optimism for the movement to lessen petroleum-based plastics in U.S. landfills, writes Kristina Dell in this article. However, those improvements, such as the new biodegradable SunChips bag and Paper Mate pen, require special composting procedures for them to degrade properly. "The market for bioplastics is still relatively small, and until it gets bigger, eco-savvy consumers may have trouble dropping their bioplastics off at recycling facilities or composting centers," Dell writes.

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