non·​bio·​de·​grad·​able ˌnän-ˌbī-(ˌ)ō-di-ˈgrā-də-bəl How to pronounce nonbiodegradable (audio)
: not capable of being broken down by the action of living organisms : not biodegradable
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Examples of nonbiodegradable in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The nonbiodegradable material has been in the crosshairs of environmentalists for decades. Ben Botkin, oregonlive, 5 Apr. 2023 The organization was part of successful pushes to end McDonald’s’ practice of selling nonbiodegradable styrofoam cups, ending chocolate-maker Hershey’s use of GMOs in sugar production and pressuring Apple and Best Buy to improve electronic waste recycling programs. Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2022 The fear is such communal events generate food waste and overconsumption and often rely on nonbiodegradable materials for cutlery, plates and serving platters. Noorzehra Zaidi, The Conversation, 21 Mar. 2023 To aid drainage, place 2 inches of nonbiodegradable packing peanuts or old wine corks in the bottom of the box, and then cover with landscape fabric to prevent soil from seeping out. Miranda Crowell, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2023 The practice also avoids the introduction of nonbiodegradable materials — such as concrete or plastic vaults, steel caskets or lacquers — to the atmosphere or land, and forest depletion for wood caskets, Bixby said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, 7 Nov. 2022 Cremation, for example, is an energy-intense process that produces carbon dioxide emissions, while traditional burial uses chemicals to embalm bodies and a nonbiodegradable coffin to store them. Melody Gutierrez, Los Angeles Times, 18 Sep. 2022 In 2018, Vanuatu decided to ban nonbiodegradable plastic bags, largely based on Dive Against Debris data. Stephanie Vermillion, Outside Online, 3 Nov. 2021 Embalming fluid and nonbiodegradable burial materials can pollute the earth. Lisa Held, Fortune, 16 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1963, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonbiodegradable was in 1963

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“Nonbiodegradable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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