What Are Bioplastics?

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BioplasticsAs you learn more about sustainable packaging solutions and the positive impact that the H-Loc Trapped Blister has on the environment, it’s also important to understand the various other environmental initiatives and developments that work toward a healthier future. Bioplastics, for example, are a type of plastic made from renewable sources, such as vegetable oil and corn starch. We are living in a sustainable era, during which greener packaging solutions have moved to the forefront of building a safer environment. Bioplastics allow us to reduce our dependence on fossil-fuel plastic and begin using less harmful materials that can even be designed to biodegrade. In this post, we’ll explore the applications and benefits of bioplastics.

Bioplastics Applications

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).

Bioplastics Benefits

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.

Other Renewable Solutions

While the H-Loc Trapped Blister uses just a minimal amount of recycled PET plastic to contain products, the sustainable package also uses soy- and water-based inks, as well as water-based adhesives. By utilizing renewable sources, the trapped blister further helps to reduce dependence on harmful petroleum-based materials. The inks are biodegradable, and will not interfere with the recycling process. The water-based adhesives do not contaminate the corrugate, keeping the package completely recyclable. The majority of the trapped blister is composed of corrugated cardboard, the most recycled material on the planet. With such environmentally-friendly materials and sources, the H-Loc Trapped Blister truly is a green packaging solution.

  

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