What are bioplastics?
Bioplastics are substances that are made from organic biomass. They are unlike petroleum-based plastics that are made from fossil fuels. Bioplastics are made from substances like starches, acids, cellulose, alcohols, carbohydrates, vegetable oils.
Are agricultural resources made used to make bioplastics?
Yes, agricultural resources like the plant-starch byproduct of plants are used to make bioplastics. These plants take in carbon dioxide which they convert to organic matter that is very rich in carbon. When these agricultural resources are used to make bioplastics, the carbon-dioxide is then stored in these products throughout their useful life. This carbon is later released back to the atmosphere through composting or energy recovery.
How edible are bioplastics?
Bioplastics can be used for consumer goods, service ware, automotive parts, packaging and other uses of conventional plastics but plastics should not be eaten whether they or not they’re bioplastic. Bioplastics that are used to package beverages and other food items are approved for food contact, but they should not be eaten.
Are all bioplastics made from GMO crops?
GMO crops are not needed to make bioplastics. Even if they are used, they are likely used because of unavailability of feedstock or for other economical reasons. But, when GMO crops are used for the production of bioplastics, the high heat and multi-stage processing used to create polymer removes every trace of GMO. So, the final bioplastic product is absolutely free from GMO.
Can I recycle bioplastics?
Yes, you can. A separate recycling stream can be used for certain bioplastics or plastics. For example, bio-based PE can be recycled in PE-stream while bio-based PET can be recycled in the PET stream.
Can bioplastics be composted?
Yes, bioplastics can be composted but they can’t be composted in home composts. They need to be commercially composted where they are exposed to the controlled conditions of aerobic composting. The temperature, aeration and humidity need to be just right for composting to happen and this can only be achieved at commercial composting facilities.
Can your bioplastics products be reusable?
Not really, almost all our bioplastic products are not designed to be reused. Only our reusable cups can be reused.
Can your bioplastics products be thrown into the bin?
Our bioplastics are designed to be returned to the soil through composting. When they are thrown into a bin, they will end up in a landfill. Bioplastics can’t biodegrade in a landfill. But they are still environmentally better than petroleum-based plastics. This is because the carbon dioxide absorbed when the plants are growing are stored and locked up in the bioplastic materials.
What is the shelf life of bioplastics?
Our bioplastic products have a shelf life of about six to twelve months and they must be stored at a temperature below 35⁰C. They must not be stored near heaters, sunlight or other sources of heat.