"Plastics have changed the world in good and bad ways. Could bioplastics give us the benefits of plastic without the nasty downsides? We explore the future of plastic." -from FW thinking podcast
What exactly are bioplastics, and what are they made up of? How are these bioplastics better than other plastics? What is the difference? Why should we use plastics? Bioplastics come from biological sources, and can be more environmentally friendly than fossil fuel based plastics. Jonathan Strickland, Lauren Vogelbaum, Joe McCormick dig deeper into what plastics are made of, how long it typically takes plastics to break down in the landfill and why bioplastics are a plastic pollution solution. They talk about how microbes are and are not interested in eating or breaking down plastics based upon additives, type of plastics, dioxins, and how to make them "yummy to bacteria."
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Full Cycle tackles plastic pollution and climate change by transforming organic matter into a compostable alternative to oil-based plastics. Organic waste is the third largest man-made generator of greenhouse gas emissions and a major contributor to climate change and global warming. Full Cycle’s Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastic is produced naturally by bacteria using mixed organic waste as raw material. It can replace a wide range of synthetic plastics, yet it is compostable and marine degradable once its useful life is over.
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Fruit waste can be used and up-cycled to make bioplastics. This is what Veronika Batori from the University of Boras in Sweden is working on. Researchers worldwide have been trying to find a way to replace plastics with environmentally friendly biodegradable alternatives. Using food waste is a promising option to reach that goal.
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