Research Part 6 (Bioplastics)

traditionalplasticsvsbioplasticsukWhat is bioplastic?

In simplest terms, bioplastic is derived from living, renewable materials like corn, sugar and vegetable oils. This can be contrasted with common plastics that rely more on non-renewable fossil fuels.

Where are bioplastics used at events?

Events may use bioplastics for many things: food serviceware and packaging, name badge holders, tabletop liners, banner material, floral wrapping, folder and folio covers and many other places where you might use traditional plastic.

Are Bioplastics good?

As much as many advantages, it also has drawbacks. Depending on the kind of product and packaging design, the usage of bioplastic as a material should be considered if it is necessary.

Are Bioplastics degradable?

Technically, all bioplastics will degrade. It is just the matter of time and condition it needs to degrade. Some bioplastics fully break down within months. Other bioplastics are designed to be more durable, and break down so slowly they might be considered non-biodegradable.But majority requires a very high temperature to degrade and even so sometimes it leaves behind residues such as  plastic bits and were said that it could impact the lives of animals and humans though there are no cases as of now


References:

McKinley, S. (2013) ‘Meeting Mythbusters: Bioplastic Fantastic?’ Evencellany, 6 October. Available at: http://eventcellany.com/2013/10/06/meeting-mythbusters-bioplastic-fantastic/ (Accessed: 19 July 2015).

NonStop Technical (2014) ‘Finnish Researchers Create Bioplastics From Rice Starch’ [Image]. Available at:http://www.nonstop-technical.com/cm/news/2014news/jul-2014/bioplastic_from_rice_starch (Accessed: 19 July 2015).)

The Bioplastic Factory (n.a.) ‘Bioplastics’ [Image]. Available at: http://www.thebioplasticfactory.com/bioplastics/ (Accessed: 18 July 2015).

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