Bioplastics are plastics made from plant products instead of petroleum. They are usually made from corn, but can be made from other plants. When disposed of properly (most likely in a compost pile), they are biodegradable. According to the Time Magazine article linked below, however, unfortunately if many types of bioplastics end up in landfills, they won’t biodegrade.
Bioplastics are plastics derived from renewable sources, like vegetable oil, corn starch, hemp oil, peastarch or microbiota. This is different from fossil-fuel plastics, which are derived from petroleum.
Bioplastics are understood to be plastics made from renewable raw materials which are converted to biodegradable or non-biodegradable products OR biodegradable plastics made of either renewable or fossil raw materials.
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Bioplastics are more sustainable than petroleum and are able to decrease the use of fossil fuels. However, petroleum is still used in the production and manufacturing of bioplastics. While they do not completely remove the use of fossil fuels, they are a step in the right direction for the environment and preservation of natural resources.
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