Imagine if we had a solution for creating plastics with organic materials. No need to imagine — we do!
Bioplastics are becoming an increasingly popular alternative to plastic bags, containers and water bottles. But what are they made of? The answer is simple…corn!
Bioplastics! The New Plastic!
Bioplastics, which are biodegradable and made from renewable resources, are utilized to reduce the amount of petroleum-based plastic waste polluting and contaminating our ecosystems.
As we know, plastic pollution contributes to the majority of the global warming crisis. Each year, we consume 200 million tons of plastic that are used and thrown out in a matter of minutes, only to take over 400 years to fully decompose. They pose an enormous threat to all life on Earth, including us.
So Why Corn?
Corn plastic is a non-petroleum material that is made by converting corn into a type of resin, which is called polylactic acid (PLA). Since petroleum is most commonly used in
the process of plastics, replacing petroleum-based plastics with bio-based plastics has the potential to reduce industrial greenhouse gas emissions by 25%. The manufacturing process for PLA is also more environmentally friendly than that of traditional plastics made from finite fossil resources.
There are lots of other organic materials that are also an option in creating bioplastics, but corn has been proven to be the most effective, along with being the most affordable and available.