Bio Plastic -A Solution to Plastic Waste Disposal?

Bioplastic For Environmental Safety

We cover our nose from the uncomfortable & toxic smelling smoke that arises from the plastic burning in the waste dump. ‘Oh…if this plastic never existed’ people who do not have such a thought will not be there today. The invention of plastic was a revolution in the business scenario. Today plastic is something which we cannot avoid in our day to day lives. Along with that the way it affects our environment adversely increases day by day. We cannot think about a day in our lives without plastic. This is where bio plastic has its importance.

Bio materials are those which can be decomposed /broken down by bacteria & that which becomes food for the decomposers. Bio plastics are those which are natural, which can decompose & mix with the soil & which can be made from recyclable materials.

Bio plastics are made mainly from recyclable materials like strands from Cereals, potatoes, rice, tapioca, palm; cellulose from wood; strands from sugarcane & wheat. These are used in manufacturing items from cups, bottles, and utensils to bags, beds, furniture, carpets, films, textiles, and packaging. Bio plastics are capable enough to carry out all the functions that plastics do today. Normal plastics are made from petroleum products.

Comparatively bio plastics decompose and combine with the soil quite fast. It is said that bio plastics are 30-80% free from carbon compared to normal plastics made from petroleum. Studies say that when we use bio plastics the shelf life of food items increases. There is a 20-30% increase in the usage of bioplastics every year. Statistics show that last year 0.2 million ton bioplastics was manufactured.

Advantages of Bioplastics

Bio plastics deserve utmost importance when compared to plastics which remain undestroyed for thousands of years in soil & water. Since these decompose & combine with the soil, the problems that occur due to plastic wastes will reduce up to a limit.

  • Compared to normal plastics, the side effects bio plastics will have on the environment will much lesser.
  • They can be manufactured from recyclable sources. As long as there is fuel shortage & rise in crude oil prices traditional energy sources are safe.
  • These wastes can be disposed of naturally which will reduce the cost of disposal.
  • Since bio plastic is manufactured out of agricultural products, this will strengthen the agricultural economy.

Effects Normal Plastic Wastes in Sea Life


Plastics from petroleum products are a huge threat for the life in seas. The plastics that do not decompose in the seas destroy the marine life. These plastics become a reason for the destruction of oysters & other species. Fishes & other animals in the sea make plastic their food. This leads to the death of those animals.

Most Demanded Bio-plastic products:

Biodegradable Bags, Biodegradable Bowls, Biodegradable Cups, Biodegradable Containers, Biodegradable Plates, Biodegradable Trays,Biodegradable Cutlery, Biodegradable Knives, Biodegradable Forks, Biodegradable Spoons, Biodegradable Sporks, ,Oxo-Biodegradable masterbatches,Bio-plastics additives

Biodegradable plastic bowl,Biodegradable Catering Serving Fork,Biodegradable Compostable Bagasse Plates,Biodegradable Forks, Biodegradable Heavy Duty Picnic Pack,Biodegradable Knives, Biodegradable Catering Salad Tongs,Biodegradable Catering Serving Fork,Biodegradable Catering Serving Spoon,Biodegradable Catering Small Tongs,Biodegradable Spoons

Biodegradable Cutlery,Biobased substitutes to traditional plastics, 100% Biodegradable,100% Compostable,100% Biodegradable Cardboard,Biodegradable shopping bag, Bio-degradable plastics,Biodegradable bags,Pulp environmental tableware,Molded Pulp,Molded Pulp Cup,Medical bio-plastic products,E-Bio Plastic Products,Plastic Food Biotechnology,Bio-plastic cell phone case,Bio-plastic cartridges,Bio-plastic toothpaste box,Bio-plastic comb,Bio-plastic toothbrush,Bio-plastic toothpick,Bioplastics Cup,Bio-plastic products and other products.

Disadvantages of Bioplastics

Like all good things, bioplastics also has its share of disadvantages.

  • When there is high scale inflation in the food prices all over the world & if we make plastics out of these food products it will lead to an increase in the problem of shortage of food.
  • When we use agricultural lands for manufacture of these plastics, the production of food items reduces.
  • When we dispose the plastic & if decomposition takes place without oxygen, then it will result in the release of methane gas. Methane gas is a greenhouse gas which is 23 times stronger than carbon dioxide. This will result in the increase of global warming.
  • There is also an existing conflict that bio plastics do not decompose completely in the natural way.
  • Bio plastics made from cellulose require more trees. This will lead to the depletion & destruction of forests. Forest destruction will lead to soil erosion & reduction of water sources.


Statistics show that in 2007, 0.2 million ton bioplastics was manufactured. For this purpose it has been calculated that around 2, 50,000 to 3, 50,000 ton food products have been used.

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H P Roychoudhury 6 years ago from Guwahati, India

It is encouraging news that Taiwan had produced a new bio-degradable plastic for everyday use.


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LensMan999 6 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region Author

I think we have many alternatives - the thing is, how many of us follow?


Liu Lu 6 years ago

Introduction

At present,the demand for bio-degradable materials is huge both in China and in the world. The quantity needed at home in the packing industry and catering industry alone totals more than 3million tons.The international market demands even more, with a 30-50% year-on-year increase.,the domestic demand in 2010 is expected to reach 13.437million with a total market value of over 150 billion, while that of the world will be about 20million ton. Recent years, the bio-degradable industry has witnessed a rapid development. National policies are made to escalate the industry to a high-end one, which would hopefully be the key areas in bio-degradable and abosorbable material industry by 2015.

The 2009 Shenzhen China International Bio-plastic Exhibition, is the most time-honored and professional of its kind in China. It serves as a platform for trade and technology exchanges for business people from all over the world. In 2009, enterpreneurs from about 20 countries and areas paticipated in this fair, many of which were from the U.S.A., the U.K., Germany, Italy, Tailand, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and Hongkong. During the exhibition, world-renowned coropetations like as BSF and INNOR had discussions on the application and future of biodegradable materials.

To meet the demands of many bio-degradable enterprises, we will hold the Second Shenzhen International Bio-plastic Exhibition will be held in Great China Exchange Plaza from 16th the 17th, November 2010. We will invite business people in plastic manufactoring ,catering, packaging, machine building, and top officials form star-rate hotels.Besides, officials from local government departments for economic development and International Investment Organization will also be invited to the fair. The fair is expected to be of high-level and distictive feature with an inflence on the world bio-degradable industry.

Scope of Exhibits:

Bio-plastic products: Biodegradable Bags, Biodegradable Bowls, Biodegradable Cups, Biodegradable Containers, Biodegradable Plates, Biodegradable Trays,Biodegradable Cutlery, Biodegradable Knives, Biodegradable Forks, Biodegradable Spoons, Biodegradable Sporks, Cornstarch tableware,Oxo-Biodegradable masterbatches,Bio-plastics additives,Corn Starch Bags, plastic container, Sugarcane Plates and Bowls, Biodegradable plastic bowl,Biodegradable Catering Serving Fork,Biodegradable Compostable Bagasse Plates,Biodegradable Forks, Biodegradable Heavy Duty Picnic Pack,Biodegradable Knives, Biodegradable Catering Salad Tongs,Biodegradable Catering Serving Fork,Biodegradable Catering Serving Spoon,Biodegradable Catering Small Tongs,Biodegradable Spoons,Biodegradable Cutlery,Biobased substitutes to traditional plastics, 100% Biodegradable,100% Compostable,100% Biodegradable Cardboard,Biodegradable shopping bag, Bio-degradable plastics,Biodegradable bags,Pulp environmental tableware,Molded Pulp,Molded Pulp Cup,Medical bio-plastic products,E-Bio Plastic Products,Plastic Food Biotechnology,Bio-plastic cell phone case,Bio-plastic cartridges,Bio-plastic toothpaste box,Bio-plastic comb,Bio-plastic toothbrush,Bio-plastic toothpick,Bioplastics Cup,Bio-plastic products and other products.

Fees:

Cost to exhibitors

standard booth(3m×3m): 2700USD,corner adds 10%

spare room: 250USD per sqm

Ads in EXPO magazine : cover:2500USD bottom :2000USD inside:1500USD

CONCACT:

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omi saide 6 years ago

This is an excellent hub! I just wish that soon our pursue of convenience can be transformed in to the love of sustainability for Mother Earth via healthy lifestyles choices. If only the world leaders could converged on these sort of things instead of destruction and consumation.


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peterelmhirst 5 years ago from Toronto

nice hub. Most types of bioplastics are made from by-products of the food or bio fuel industry so I don't think we should see too much of an increase in food prices if any.


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LensMan999 3 years ago from Trans-Neptunian region Author

@omi sai -Thanks for reading this Hub. Yes - more and more awareness need to be put into world leaders....

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