Biodegradable plastic - how well does it last and biodegrade?

By James on Tue, 31/12/2019 - 11:42

I'm researching this because of the 3D printing I am doing.

I use PLA plastic which is considered fairly eco friendly as its made from plant starch and is compostable.

I was wondering how long my new 3D printed bird feeders would last outside in the elements all year, and how well it would break down once in a compost heap.

Here is a video of an interesting experiment on how well PLA and other "compostable" plastics biodegrade:

I also found this interesting experiment someone had done with his 3D printed items outside for a year: