Bioplastics: What They Are, Examples, & A Comparison vs Traditional Plastics

In the guide below, we provide some key information about bioplastics.

We outline what they are, what they’re made of, examples of different bioplastic types, and compare them vs traditional fossil fuel plastics.

 

What Are Bioplastics? (Definition)

Bioplastics are a type of plastic material that are generally made from renewable plant and animals based sources, instead of non-renewable sources

 

What Are Bioplastics Made Of?

Primary Feedstock

There’s a range of renewable sources that can be used as feedstock for bioplastics

These feedstocks might be categorised into two major types:

– Plant Based Feedstock

– Animal Based Feedstock

 

What Else Is In Bioplastics?

Additives can also be used in bioplastics

 

Examples Of Different Types Of Bioplastics

Two of the main bioplastics are:

PLA (Polylactic Acid)

PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) 

 

Bioplastics vs Traditional Fossil Fuel Plastics: Comparison & Differences

The main difference between bioplastics and traditional plastics is:

– Bioplastics are made from renewable resources, that are usually sourced from plants and animals

– Traditional plastics are made from non-renewable resources like petroleum and natural gas

 

 

Sources

1. https://news.climate.columbia.edu/2017/12/13/the-truth-about-bioplastics/

2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bioplastic

 

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