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The Pros and Cons of Bioplastics

Every eco-conscious human being should raise their voice for ‘no plastics’. Conventional plastics take thousands of years to disintegrate; these tiny pieces of microplastic pollute even the deepest trenches of the ocean and have even penetrated human blood. It is time to bid goodbye to conventional plastic and embrace bioplastic. Yes, creating a plastic-free world with the help of a natural, renewable, and biodegradable or compostable source like bioplastic is possible.

Teraforrm bioplastics are derived from plant-based sources, and in this blog, we will be throwing light on the pros and cons of bioplastic.

Pros of bioplastic

  1. Renewable source
    Bioplastics are made from a renewable plant-based material that absorbs carbon dioxide and does not require expensive and environment-threatening hydrocarbon extraction, fracking or coal processing. Bioplastics leave very low carbon footprints, making them eco-friendly.
  1. Bio-degradable and compostable
    Breaking down conventional plastic is only sometimes possible. On the contrary, bioplastics can be broken down naturally using composting techniques like moisture, heat, and oxygen. In a controlled environment, it can produce soil.
  1. No toxins and chemicals
    Bioplastics are composed of natural materials, hence no worries of toxins or harmful chemical ingredients, helping the planet breathe easily.

Cons of Bioplastics

  1. Expensive proposition
    Bioplastics production technology comes at a cost. Its production cost is twice that of traditional plastic. Though the raw material is naturally available, the manufacturing process and the composting technology are expensive.
  1. Poor infrastructure facilities
    The equipment is so expensive that many countries are still determining its cost-effectiveness. Bioplastics must be recycled or composted correctly, or the exercise will fail, as it will end up in the landfill.
  1. Massive land requirement
    Bioplastics can be made from industrial-grade corn, hemp, seaweed, and other plants, putting pressure on the existing farmland.
  1. Poor trash practices
    Bioplastics end up in the trash after use that is sent to the landfill. Educating the users on safe disposable practices can help reduce landfill. This could be a tedious task.

If protecting the planet is the top agenda, a few disadvantages can be borne, considering the long-term benefits that can eventually save a life. Bioplastics, despite the cons, are the only alternative to traditional ones. Get future-ready with Teraforrm bioplastics.