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bioplastic process

bioplastic process

Most plastics are derived from petroleum, bioplastics in contrast are formed from renewable biomass sources such as vegetable oil, corn starch, wheat, potatoes, beets, and a variety of other plants. They disintegrate in nature without leaving a footprint and they do not produce toxic substances. Many disposable items are made from bioplastics such as packaging, dishes, utensils, and containers.
Advantages of bioplastics:
65% less energy is used in the production process.
Generate 68% fewer greenhouse gases.
Less dependent of foreign oil.
Will remain non-toxic as they degrade and will not leach chemicals into the soil.
The process of making bioplastics is cost effective.
Can be recycled.

Bioplastics are popular in the packaging industry. Common packages include: shopping bags, cosmetic products, tray and containers for fruit and vegetables, bottles for soft drinks and dairy products, and blister foils for fruit and vegetables. The process of producing bioplastics is characterized as sustainable because it relies less on fossil fuels and introduces fewer greenhouse emissions.

Bioplastics can also be used in non-disposable items as well. Items like cell phone housing, pipes, car interiors, and fibers use bioplastics in their designs. Although these items are criticized for their biodegradability, they acknowledged for their use of sustainable resources.