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TO DEGRADE, DEGRADING. To, sink or lower a person in the estimation of the public.
     2. As a man's character is of great importance to him, and it is his interest to retain the good opinion of all mankind, when he is a witness, he cannot be compelled to disclose any matter which would tend to disgrace or degrade him, 13 How. St. Tr. 17, 334, 16 How. St. Tr. 161. A question having that tendency, however, may be asked, and, in such case, when the witness chooses to answer it, the answer is conclusive. 1 Phil. Ev. 269; R. & M. 383.

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SIR; I am dismayed that Tesco has agreed to buy degradable bags.
He also says rates of incidental "recapture" of degradable products are far too low to adversely affect recycled feedstock quality.
The new range includes high-density degradable polythene carrier bags and PLA film fronted and window sandwich/baguette bags.
But that without the testing and data necessary to understand the potential impacts of degradable additives in PET, the whole PET recycling system could be at risk.
Michael Laurier, Director of Symphony Environmental Technologies PLC, awarded Daniel Servitje, CEO of Grupo Bimbo, a certificate for becoming the first company in the world to launch degradable metallic packaging.
The bags, produced by degradable plastics specialist Symphony Environmental, start decomposing after about 18 months and will reduce landfill and litter, said the company.
NAPCOR calls for restraint: proper testing and verification must be conducted before degradable additives are introduced into the consumer product stream.
org) is pleased with the contents of the new release as they pertain to degradable plastics (Section 260.
Now, he and his co-workers aim for a new family of degradable polymers strong enough to use as temporary bone screws, plates and other load-bearing implants.
We have been agents for CFN Packaging for about a year but this is the first time we have imported the company's degradable polythene additive Biothene(R)," said Kevin Lau of Envisage Technology.
If retailers are to be forced to charge shoppers for plastic bags, we cannot understand why no exception has been made for ones which are degradable.
Solucorp explains that IFS Technology works by incorporating MBS reagents in degradable plastics, degradable surface coatings, and various release systems to form a specific IFS product, such as a paint remover or special coating for metal-bearing products such as batteries and ammunition.