A sustainable alternative to traditional plastics, bioplastics are plastics that are fully or partially biobased, and/or biodegradable or compostable. In other words, they are plastics that are made from renewable resources (plants like corn, tapioca, potatoes, sugar and algae), and they will break down faster than traditional plastics.
When a plant grows, it takes in carbon dioxide, and when it biodegrades, it releases the carbon dioxide back into the earth – it’s a closed loop cycle
Many bioplastics are 100% compostable and will biodegrade in 180 days or less when disposed of in a municipal composting facility
Bioplastics have the same cycle time as traditional plastics but because the process requires significantly lower processing temperatures, bioplastic products can save up to 35% energy. In addition, bioplastics have two thirds less harmful greenhouse gas emissions during the production process.