Frequently Asked Questions

Welcome to our FAQ page! Here we answer some of the most common questions on bioplastics we receive. We hope you find the information here helpful.

Bioplastics are derived from natural resources like starch and vegetable oil. It is a plant-based product that converts sugar into plastic. Sugarcane, beet, potato or wheat can be used to produce bioplastic. Since it is plant-based, it is natural and renewable.

Since it helps reduce the use of fossil resources to produce plastic, it can reduce carbon footprints. Bioplastic is biodegradable and compostable, so it does not end up in landfills.

Though nothing is called 100% biodegradable, the test for biodegradability is underway at CIPET. Some bioplastics can be broken down by microorganisms, and it is called compostable plastic. It can be broken down at a compost site. The government is giving certification to compostable plastic industries.

Yes, bioplastic manufacturers strive hard to match the demand and affordability of bioplastic products. The 50-micron rule has been exempted for bioplastics to facilitate a thinner and cheaper alternative to conventional plastic. It is used extensively in the packaging industry.

Polylactic Acid (PLA), Polybutylene Adipate Terephthalate (PBAT), and Starch-based bioplastics are the most widely used bioplastics.

Some products made from PBAT include trash bags, blister packs, shrink sleeves, single-use cutlery, diapers, mulch films, etc.

Bioplastic products are expensive when compared to traditional plastics. The reason is their low yield. With large-scale production on the cards, bioplastic prices can decline shortly.

Awareness of using biodegradable products to reduce landfills and protect the environment is increasing. Consumers want to contribute to the circular economy and make the planet safer for future generations.

Bioplastic is used widely in the packaging industry. It is used in It is used in cosmetics, films, cutlery, straws, mulch films and more.

Bioplastic is not 100% plant-based. Bioplastic can be biobased, biodegradable or both. Biobased means partly derived from plants like sugarcane, corn, potato, or cellulose. The bio-based products undergo standard test methods like ASTM D6866.

Not all bioplastics are recyclable. Some bioplastics are recycled or reused with conventional plastic products. Recycling bioplastic is the safest option when compared to composting. Though recycling consumes energy, composting ends the life of bioplastic products.

It can cut down on carbon footprints by releasing fewer greenhouse gases. It is made of natural and renewable sources, so there is no stress on the raw materials. It is biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.