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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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Winston Pryce, general manager of Eco Polymers, one of the two approved suppliers in the UAE of d2W, the degradable additive, said testing bags is critical and necessary as a degradable and non-biodegradable bags look the same.
NH Hoteles, which is the third largest business hotel chain in Europe with three luxury hotels in London, will co-operate with Symphony to show companies in the catering and hotel sectors the environmental benefits of Controlled-life (oxo-biodegradable) plastic instead of the normal plastic or other forms of degradable plastic currently used.
We urge manufacturers of PET resin and packaging to refrain from introductions of degradable additive-containing products until data is made available for review and verification so we can better understand these products and their potential ramifications," said Tom Busard, NAPCOR's chairman.
The resulting material is completely degradable by composting and is also very good as food packaging because it allows the food to breathe.
According to Michael Laurier, chief executive of Symphony, in addition to bread bags, the company's oxo-biodegradable technology can make degradable plastic bags, heavy shrink-wrap packaging and plastic bottles self-destruct completely within a period of between six months and two years (depending on environmental conditions) "instead of polluting the land and the sea for decades.
Roger Pettman, chief executive of Revolymer, said: "Our gum, which is degradable, can get picked up like litter which is important to councils who spend an enormous amount of money removing it.
We have chosen degradable bags as opposed to biodegradable or compostable bags because it means they can still be recycled.
The additive reportedly adds strength to degradable plates, along with a light beige tint.
Slower growth is expected for degradable loose-fill packaging due to competition from bubble packaging and inflatable bags.
Applications vary from high-tech miniature components to bone cement, degradable implants and bulk quantity items such as catheters and drip bags.
Testing for milk urea nitrogen can be a useful and inexpensive tool to monitor when rumen degradable protein is fed in excess of requirements so that the likelihood of ammonia emissions increases.