From the perspective of raw materials:

  • Currently (and it is growing every year) sugar cane plastics are estimated to require 3.4 million acres of land to grow the crops to meet the global demand for bioplastics. Very often this land is obtained by. deforesting rain forests (the lungs of the world)

  • Large-scale production of bioplastics (especially sugar cane plastics) has a negative impact on food availability (farmers grow sugar cane instead of food in poor areas).

From an environmental perspective:

  • According to a 2010 study, the entire life cycle of bioplastics is not that eco-friendly, as the production consumes more energy in the form of fertilizers, and pesticides, and requires extensive chemical processing in order to turn the organic material into plastic.

  • When rain forests are deforested to grow the likes of sugar cane, wild animal life is affected. As an example, pandas and orangutans suffer when rain forests are deforested in order to grow sugar cane.

From the perspective of recycling:

  • Bioplastics are designed to be composted rather than recycled, as they cannot be recycled with normal plastic types. The problem is that, in reality, they cannot be composted. They become micro plastics (that will never disappear from nature).

  • If bioplastics are not discarded properly, they will contaminate batches of perfectly good recycled plastics at the recycling facilities, so they can no longer be used. Furthermore, they harm the entire recycling infrastructure.

  • Bioplastics need high-temperature, industrial composting facilities to break down the plastic, which very few countries have. As a direct result of this, bioplastics end up in landfills where they release methane, a greenhouse gas 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Taking this into consideration, bioplastics pollute more than the production of new plastics.

  • If you believe in recycling, bioplastics represent the direct opposite. Bioplastics are freshly produced to make new packaging. There is no recycling involved. Plastic products made out of bioplastics cannot be recycled after they have been made.

 
 
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We try to find new ways to achieve a more sustainable future for both the environment and the packaging industry. OWP (Ocean Waste Plastic) is one of them.

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