chapter  5
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Developments and Future Trends for Environmentally Degradable Plastics

The worldwide consumption of polymeric materials and plastics rises annually by around 7%–10% with approximately 300 million ton in the year 2010, which corresponds nearly to 30 kg per capita with an average of 80-100 kg in industrialized countries and 2-20 kg in emerging countries and countries in transition (Van Os 2001).