Here short intro to bioplastics on my journey to planet friendly farm, business, living.
Eco friendly everything is possible. Bioplastics are widely available and made from natural resources like sugar starches, pulp, bamboo, hemp, mushrooms…
So why are we still making packaging from conventional plastic derived from finite fossil resources that are a significant contributor to climate change?
Viable alternatives to conventional plastic are now more widely available and becoming increasingly popular as consumers, organisations, and governments call for change. Bioplastics such as PLA offer a more sustainable solution to conventional plastics and are particularly valuable for foodservice packaging where compostability is a key functional requirement for end-of-life.
What’s the difference between Bioplastics and Conventional plastics
Conventional plastic is the third most commonly used petroleum derivative in the world; each year, 200 million tons of plastic are consumed on the planet. Conventional plastics, such as fossil-fuel plastics (also called petroleum-based polymers) are derived from petroleum or natural gas.
Bioplastics are plastics materials produced from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable fats and oils, corn starch, straw, woodchips, recycled food waste, etc. Not all bioplastics are biodegradable and some petroleum-based polymers are biodegradable.
Bioplastics are usually derived from sugar derivatives, including starch, cellulose, and lactic acid. As of 2014, bioplastics represented approximately 0.2% of the global polymer market (300 million tons)