Biodegradable bags can hold a full load of shopping three years after being discarded in the environment
Researchers from the University of Plymouth's International Marine Litter Research Unit examined the degradation of five plastic bag materials widely available from high street retailers in the UK.
International Marine Litter Research Unit publications
Learn more about Plymouth University International Marine Litter Research Unit publications
The Big Interview: Professor Richard Thompson
University of Plymouth's alumni magazine – Invenite: The Big Interview: Professor Richard Thompson
International Marine Litter Research Unit
International experts in marine litter or debris, University of Plymouth.
Plan for Plastics
The University is aiming to reduce its reliance on single use plastics and enhance its world-leading reputation for marine litter research.
Imogen Napper: researching plastic pollution within the marine environment
PhD student Imogen Napper is working to #EndPlasticSoup at the University's International Marine Litter Research Unit.
Plastic Fantastic: Professor Richard Thompson OBE features in a new three-part BBC Radio 4 series about our love/hate relationship with plastic.
New study shows how discarded plastic bags are smothering marine life
Plymouth University news: A joint research study with Trinity College Dublin has show than plastic bags are impacting the development of microalgae, a key component of the marine ecosystem.