Companies are currently making compostable or biodegradable plastics that are usually made from crop materials such as corn, potato and cassava. How “eco” these items are, however, is worth discussing. While their manufacture does not directly require the mining of petroleum products, the cultivation of the crops that they are made from does, as does the process for manufacturing and shipping. I have not had the greatest luck composting these plastics, however they probably still biodegrade better than petroleum-based plastics. In my opinion, these types of compostable plastics are just a way of finding a “less bad” solution to a significant problem, rather than finding a more constructive and comprehensive alternative–consuming less.
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