What you don't know about biodegradable bioplastics

Jan 17, 2016 | written by:

In an increasingly sustainability-driven world populated by conscious consumers and green-minded individuals than ever before, the special focus on bioplastic (the plant-derived plastic) is not at all surprising. Perhaps there are things you still don't know or you mistakenly believe to know. The biodegradable bioplastics, in most cases, break down only in a high-temperature industrial composting facility, not in your household compost bin in a short time frame. So calling these plastics 'biodegradable' is quite misleading.

Moreover, the 200 current operational industrial composting facilities in the United States don't even accept these types of plastics. And to make matters worse, at the moment, there are no lands available to grow the bioplastic feedstocks (sugarcane, corn, etc.) that, among other things, they can have a significant water footprint and lead to more deforestation in tropical regions. So if we want truly an eco-sustainable bioplastics, we must curb the demand for plastics overall taking a legislative-educational approach and motivating consumers to make more sustainable purchasing decisions.

The word 'biodegradable' sounds great but the sustainability remains questionable.

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