Secrets of Biodegradable Plastic

Every year more than million tons of plastic is disposed in the environment leading to pollution. Only a small portion of plastic waste is often recycled. Biodegradable plastic is the only alternative to ordinary plastic bags and materials. It helps to reduce pollution to a large extent. Millions of plastic bags are used by people all over the world. It is quite difficult to exist without the use of these bags but it is known to be detrimental to the environment in more ways than one.          

Renewable plastic materials are made of polymers which are developed from products such as cornstarch. Regular plastic bags are made of petroleum based products such as polyester. With the use of renewable plastic bags, the use of petroleum is reduced to 80 percent as organic materials are used to manufacture recyclable plastic.

Benefits of Biodegradable Plastic

One of the greatest benefits of these plastic materials is that it can be reused many times. Recyclable plastic breaks down into eco-friendly materials such as carbon dioxide, methane and water. Once it is broken down, it is processed by fungi and bacteria. Compared to the non- renewable plastic, the recyclable plastic takes lesser time to break down. It considerably reduces the amount of waste materials that pile up in the environment. As renewable plastic is made of organic matter and natural elements such as grass and trees, it is easily decomposed.

Biodegradable plastic is environment friendly as the biomass materials decompose and seep into the soil. Compared to the non- renewable plastic materials, the manufacturing process involved in renewable plastic is less harmful to the environment. It seldom emits harmful gases that cause depletion in the ozone layer.

As renewable plastic contains biomass materials, it is less harmful to human beings. Most of the non- renewable plastic materials contain harmful chemicals and toxins which can affect human health adversely. With the use of renewable plastic materials, there is hardly any health risk involved.

Recyclable plastic materials can be renewed without sorting plastic materials. It is important to purchase renewable plastic bags and other materials so that it can be recycled easily.

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