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California Attorney General Files Suit Over “Biodegradable” Claim

Aired 10/26/11 on KPBS News.

The California Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against three companies she says are misleading the public about how their products are “earth friendly”.

State Attorney General Kamala Harris is suing three companies she said have made false and misleading claims over their plastic water bottles. At issue is the term “one hundred percent biodegradable and recyclable.”

Harris noted it’s illegal in California to label a plastic food or beverage container as biodegradable - because of the time it takes to break down. She said the companies’ actions violate state law and mislead consumers.

One of the companies being sued, Enso Plastics, makes the bottles. The two others, Balance Water and Aquamantra, use the bottles for their products. A spokesman for Enso Plastics said it is an environmental company trying to do the right thing and that there is sound science backing up the organization’s claims.

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 26, 2011 at 6:47 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

I like Kamala Harris.

Every time I see her name in the news, she is doing something good and standing up for the people of California.

Future Governor? I sure hope so. I would vote for her in a heartbeat.

Our rabidly corrupt Bonnie Dumanis could take some lessons from her.

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MaxClark | October 28, 2011 at 2:47 p.m. ― 5 years, 5 months ago

ENSO Plastics is an environmental company dedicated to reducing plastic waste. We would be happy to respond to any questions regarding our company, or the technology for biodegradable plastics. Please check out our web site at, email us at publicrelations@ensoplastics.c​om or call us at 866-936-3676. Our goal is to reduce the impact of plastic waste and we feel that biodegradable plastic is a step in the right direction. There is a lot of confusion regarding the terms biodegradable, degradable and compostable. There is a big difference between each of these methods for reducing waste. We would be happy to discuss how these work and how ENSO biodegradable plastics will help the environment. There is a proper place for using each of these technologies; however, our current focus is on providing a solution for biodegradable plastics.

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