Is bio plastic indeed what it sounds like?
Bio polymers / bio plastics are made from the raw materials available in nature like plant waste and they can serve the way other conventional polymers can do if synthesized scientifically.
If bio plastic with ester or acetal kind of linkages are available, they can be biodegradable too. Simply said it should have a chemical bonding that is easy to break and do not contaminate the environment while breaking down.
Bio plastics are made from agricultural waste or through an agricultural bi product. It is bounded through industrial process to do what conventional plastic do.
Health Hazards - Most of the monomers i.e. single use plastics are hazardous in 2 ways:
- highly carcinogenic- It can cause cancer
- has endocrine disrupters-affects the reproductive systems.
Some of them are already banned in Europe and USA. Bioplastics are 100% plant sourced so it just doesn’t have that chemical content or properties to cause any health hazard.
Environmental hazards; Once new conventional plastics are made, they stay in the environment, an unfortunate fact is, all the plastic that has ever been made is still out there and will remain so. Burning of these plastics generate hazardous smoke so at best we are replacing one problem with another. Additionally, apart from humans, birds, animals and aquatic life are adversely affected because of unintended consumption.
Not a bad idea but not the best one either since, it’s not an ultimate solution to this problem, as we again end up with similar waste and conventional plastic can only be recycled few times after that they will lose their properties but will still remain in the environment.
Conventional plastics are cheaper than bio plastics as they have well established synthetic and processing done at a very largescale, but their future is dark once our petroleum resources come to an end. Initially costly looking bio plastic which are derived from nature and after use degrades to nature gives us a more promising future.
Cheaper agricultural waste and better processing helps bioplastics to fight against cost issues as well, directly raising farmer’s income.
The hardest thing required would be the intent to move to cleaner and safer options, rest can be easily taken care by us. Onboarding the system will take a few hours. And we mean it!