Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sustainable Packaging Using Bioplastics

Just about everything we buy is covered in plastic packaging at some stage of its production cycle. With oil prices rising and consumer demand for sustainable packages growing, companies are turning their attention to packaging made out of bioplastics.

The benefit of bioplastics is, of course, that they degrade in the environment.

As the video below explains, bioplastics can be made from a range of plants such as sugarcane, wheat, tapioca, potato and soy.

Using vegetable products in packaging, however, means they have to be diverted from the food supply — which could lead to food shortages and higher prices. So chemical manufacturers are also looking into making bioplastics out of agricultural waste.

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