Breaking down bioplastics myths, realities

Posted on February 8, 2019 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

Ask any 10 people what bioplastics are, and the odds are that nine will get it wrong. In the past, misunderstandings and misconceptions about bioplastics have tended to color the perception of these materials in the market, and these prejudices are still evident even today. Feedstock, supply andDispelling the notion that bioplastics do not equal biodegradable plastics has proven more arduous that expected, leading the bioplastics industry to reconsider the terms used to designate these materials. Properly speaking, bioplastics refer to materials based on biomass, materials that areMany bio-based polymers occur naturally, requiring only to be extracted and slightly modified to become a bio-based plastic material. The backbone chain of the natural polymer is retained. Examples include polysaccharides, cellulose, starch, proteins and even the PHAs produced by bacteria. ThereA much-heard argument against bio-based plastics is that using arable land to grow food crops to produce plastics is wrong. Currently, the two main crops grown for this purpose are corn and sugarcane and, to a lesser extent, sugar beet and cassava. The amount of land this required at the end ofIf they’re not biodegradable, then why the push to develop bio-based plastics at al

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