We all know that the word “biodegradable” roughly translates to “somewhat better for the environment.” But what are the advantages of biodegradable plastics? And how exactly do biodegradable products benefit the world around you?
We use biodegradable plastics in our packaging products to replicate all of the handy (yet harmful) characteristics of plastic. For example, our deli bowls are made from Ingeo™ PLA Bioplastic, a natural resource that’s created entirely from plant substances. Just like plastic, these bowls are incredibly durable and can either contain hot or cold foods due to their solid interior. Plus, they’re totally transparent — like plastic — so your customers can eye up your food menu from afar.
To help you understand why bioplastics and other biodegradable products are far superior to polystyrene or other common takeaway packaging material, we’ve listed the seven main advantages of biodegradable plastics below.
1. Fewer Carbon Emissions — An obvious advantage to biodegradable plastics is the reduction in carbon emissions. During the manufacturing process, plastics such as PLA bioplastic — which is plant-based — emit far fewer emissions than regular plastic creation does.
2. They Biodegrade. Duh! — Unlike other plastic-types, biodegradable plastics and packaging products will eventually biodegrade. This, in turn, reduces the number of items discarded in landfills. The average plastic container may take around 450 years to disintegrate. However, a biodegradable plastic will naturally decompose within a lifetime.
3. They Can Be Repurposed — Biodegradable substances — including biodegradable plastics — can be recycled and repurposed before their life cycle ends. The plant-based oils used in most bioplastics makes their quality far superior to other plastic types. These oils also make the surface of bioplastics less brittle and easier to form new shapes and textures. In some non-biodegradable plastics, the material isn’t safe for repurposing because of harmful chemicals that may leak after initial usage. Because biodegradable plastics and packaging derive from natural substances, there are no chemicals or toxins in these items.
4. Reduced Pollution — As biodegradable products break down naturally, they eventually decompose and are consumed by soil and other natural components. This natural process means no forced chemical reaction needs to take place to kickstart the process and less pollution will happen as a result. Since biodegradable plastics will never be present in a landfill for long periods, the outcome is less overall waste to manage.
5. Safer for Users — Biodegradable products are made using natural substances. As a result, they don’t contain harmful chemicals or pose any risks to intended users. Unlike non-recyclable plastics — such as PET, the plastic used for the creation of most standard water bottles — bioplastics don’t attract harmful bacteria or leak chemicals when decomposing. This means biodegradable plastics can be used more than once, eliminating the need for single-use plastics, without putting users at risk.
6. Make Better Use of Petroleum — The production of traditional plastics equates to 2.7% petroleum consumption in the United States. If we curbed this consumption level by creating natural bioplastics instead, we could reallocate oil resources to more worthy causes such as heating and transport.
7. Better for Business — Even major companies such as Coca-Cola are introducing bioplastic products due to its greener connotation. If you want to give your company a good rep, follow suit and use less harmful plastic sources to create long-lasting, durable products.
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