New Bioplastics Market Overview by Industry Experts20 Jan 2012 • by Natalie Aster
Bioplastics constitute a class of plastics that is obtained from renewable biomass sources, such as vegetable fats and oils, cornstarch, pea starch, sugarcane, potato starch, cellulose from trees, straw, cotton or microbiota, as against fossil-fuel plastics, which are petroleum-based derivatives. These can be either partly or wholly derived using the above mentioned materials. A few bioplastics are capable of degrading in the open air, while others can be designed to compost in industrial composting plants in the presence of fungi, bacteria and enzymes. Several bioplastics are much akin to traditional petroleum derived plastics, such as polyethylene or PET in durability, and can be substituted directly for their oil-based equivalents. Bioplastics can be fabricated in such a way as to possess chemical similarity to regular industrial plastics.
According to the report “Bioplastics - A Global Market Overview” by Industry Experts, the bioplastics industry is a budding industry, though being in existence for about a decade and a half. Primarily utilized in the food industry, bioplastics are currently being applied in a range of industries.
Bioplastics can be produced from renewable resources, as well as synthetic polymers and not all bioplastics are bio-based.
Bioplastics - A Global Market Overview
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Bioplastics can encompass a complete group of materials that can be biobased, biodegradable, or both. Biobased implies that a sizeable fraction of the carbon in the bioplastic product is obtained from renewable raw materials. The primary benefits of biobased plastic products in comparison to their traditional counterparts include conservation of fossil fuel resources and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. Biodegradable connotes bioplastic products capable of degrading under explicit conditions, a value-added property of such products enabling in further methods to recover them at the end of their lives. Needless to say, bioplastic materials and products can incorporate qualities of being biobased, as well as biodegradable, in which case they provide the benefits of both types, in addition to other properties.
More information can be found in the report “Bioplastics - A Global Market Overview” by Industry Experts.
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