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Bioplastics can be composed of starches, cellulose, biopolymers and a variety of other materials.
Stop and think. A large number of us have switched from plastic to cloth carry bags and still there is so much plastic in our environment. Most of the plastic waste we seen strewn around can be attributed to packaging — right from our daily goods such as toothpaste, shampoo, milk and vegetables to all the packaging that surrounds our online orders from e-commerce sites. We cannot get away from plastic, cardboard and sometimes the occasional thermocol in our daily well-packaged lives. Yes, some of this plastic is indeed recycled, but it’s a small percentage compared to the overall consumption. What are the other sustainable options available to this uber-popular packaging material?
Introducing….Bioplastics! These can be defined as plastics derived from renewable biomass sources aka vegetable fats, oils and corn starch. While bioplastic can also be made from various other agricultural by-products or re-used plastic bottles, the main point remains. These plastics do not use fossil fuels (or a petrobase) like our common plastics. Common plastics tend to require more fossil fuels and also produce more greenhouse gases than bioplastics.
Bioplastics can be composed of starches, cellulose, biopolymers and a variety of other materials. What makes this material even more exciting is that new reports forecast that the global bioplastics market will grow at a CAGR exceeding 29% by 2020. The report, Global Bioplastics Market 2016-2020, covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global bioplastics in the key regions of Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, and the rest of the world. This is great for us sustainability folks as this heralds a new dawn in a world less reliant on conventional plastic.