Plastic pollution problem
These issues have been concerning the planet for a long time, but the last couple of years have seen a massive increase in the exploitation and abuse of nature’s resources so much that the future is in danger and this future is not far from now.
One of the major reasons for all this chaos is the extensive utilization of single-use plastic.
As per statistics estimated by the United Nations, 300 million tons of plastic waste is generated annually.
As of Sep 2018, of all the plastic waste generated, only 13.5% was recycled & 11.1% was incinerated. The remaining 75.4% ended up in landfills, water bodies and into the environment.
Plastic is highly convenient and is a much cheaper option compared to its other counterparts.
The usability of plastic ranges from simple homes to heavy industries.
There is greater supply than the demand for plastic.
Unfortunately, not everyone is concerned about the perils of single-use plastic.
Plastic and food materials are not segregated.
Why use compostable and biodegradable plastics ?
1. Saving precious fossils
Regular plastic is generally petroleum based which means that fossil feedstocks are used in their production. These fossils cannot be replaced in nature once they have been used.
Compostable and biodegradable plastics, on the other hand, are bio based which means they have been derived from corn and potato starches, soy protein, lactic acid, cellulose or other renewable resources.
2. Complete breakdown within a short span of time
Any petroleum based plastic that has been discarded in the environment remains in it in one form or the other indicating the non decomposing nature of these plastics.
Plastics that are made from bio-polymers decompose and break down completely in the industrial units within a couple of months leaving no harmful residues behind.
3. Fewer greenhouse emissions
Plastics that are produced through regular practices of thermoforming, injection molding and vacuum casting and using petroleum base emit 56 gigatons of carbon annually (50 times more than coal power plants)
Manufacturing compostable and biodegradable plastics are not carbon free or greenhouse emission free but they certainly reduce the amount of methane and ethylene released in the atmosphere while being produced.
4. Less energy
Bio-based polymers reduce energy consumption between 30% to 80% based on the kind of renewable resource used in their production.
Many companies like BioPlastobag have come up with plenty of sustainable and environmentally friendly options to find alternative convenience to plastic- Bio polymers being one of them.
It's time we wake up and make a conscious choice to use compostable and biodegradable plastics. It's time to choose BioPlastobag