What is Sugarcane Bioplastic?
First of all, what is a bioplastic? Bio plastics are plastics that have not been made from substances such as petroleum, which plastics are usually made out of; they are made out of sustainable, biomass materials, such as sugarcane. Therefore, they use less finite resources like fossil fuels than traditional plastics, whilst still being recyclable.
What are the advantages of Sugarcane Bioplastic?
Sugarcane naturally absorbs CO2
when it grows, and doesn't release it when it is harvested, which means that if the product that is made out sugarcane plastic is recycled, then this trapped CO2
will never be released back into the atmosphere, helping to decrease the amount of greenhouse gases being released.
However, the name "Bioplastic" can be deceiving. Products made from sugarcane bioplastics are not biodegradable. This isn't really a bad thing, because if sugarcane did biodegrade or was burnt, then the CO2
that was trapped during the sugarcane's growth would all be released, significantly increasing the carbon footprint of the product.
Sugarcane bioplastic is also fully recyclable, just like a traditional plastic, which isn't true of many other Bio-composites and PLAs. This is a major advantage, as the current recycling infrastructures do not need to be altered in any way to accomodate Sugarcane bioplastic being used in our everyday lives.
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