We are living in a sustainable era and that means that greener packaging solutions have moved to the forefront of building a safer environment. Bioplastics are a type of plastic made from renewable sources, such as vegetable oil and corn starch. Bioplastics allow us to reduce dependence on fossil-fuel plastic. This allows us to start using less harmful materials that can even be designed to biodegrade. This time of year packages will be thrown out left and right after the passing of the holidays so we thought we would explore the applications and benefits of bioplastics.
Biodegradable bioplastics are often used for such items as plastic cutlery, organic waste bags, food containers and trays, soft drink bottles and other disposable packaging applications. Many of these items are traditionally manufactured with plastics that are just gradually becoming accepted by recyclers, including polypropylene (used for straws and ketchup bottles) and polystyrene (often made into the well-known Styrofoam).
Because bioplastics are made with starches, cane sugar, vegetable oil and other renewable sources, these plastics rely less on fossil fuel. Many oil-based plastics cannot biodegrade, meaning they break down slowly, if at all, and pose a major threat to the future of the environment. Biodegradable bioplastics can often break down in compost bins, reducing the dangerous waste accumulating in the earth’s landfills.
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