It is remarkable to learn that approximately 4% of the global oil production is transformed into plastics for a host of products—commonly shopping bags and exterior car panels.
Then, a small percentage is also utilized in processing industries as oil-based plastics require considerable volumes of energy for manufacturing purposes.
Furthermore, the utilization of carbon-based energy resources for manufacturing plastics contribute to undesirable greenhouses gases, obstructing the global efforts towards limiting carbon dioxide release.
Needless to say, bioplastics have unprecedented benefits relative to the oil-based plastic. Outlined below are some of the major advantages of bio-based plastics:
Reduced Carbon Footprint
Plastic made using biological sources insulate the carbon dioxide stored by the plant during the natural process of photosynthesis. In case the ensuing bioplastic reduces into water and carbon dioxide, this insulation is upturned.
However, when you have a permanent bioplastic that’s similar to polyethylene or usual plastic, the carbon dioxide remains stored everlastingly. No matter how many times the plastic is recycled, the carbon dioxide originally drawn from the surrounding remains cloistered.
Reduced Energy Costs of Manufacturing
Bio-based plastics incur lesser energy cost during the production process. Conversely, plastics that are made using 4% of the world’s oil production each year incur greater energy costs. As a result of oil shortage, the plastic manufacturing process is exposed to constantly fluctuating prices.
No Non-Renewable Resources
One of the biggest advantages of bio-based plastic is that it doesn’t utilize any non-renewable resources as raw material to be manufactured. Instead, it only requires renewable and sustainable resources such as biomass, vegetable oil, plants, etc.
They are Biodegradable
It is notable that bioplastics are 100% biodegradable. They are as strong and flexible as traditional plastic. Moreover, they have applications in a broad range of sectors including packaging, agriculture, medicine, textile, construction, and many more.
Reduced Permanent Litter
Plastic utilized for making and using shopping bags is probably the most common example how the environment can be adversely impacted. Beyond looking unsightly, they pose serious health hazards. A major chunk of the overall litter found in oceans comprises disposable plastic bags. This is why more and more people are realizing the significance of using biodegradable plastic bags (bioplastic) to reduce the amount of pollution.
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