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People trying to make plastic from renewable raw materials are looking to create a biodegradable product. And it would appear that an ever growing number of companies like using these supposedly organic materials. From biodegradable packaging, to biodegradable bin liners, all the way through to biodegradable coffee capsules – the range of biodegradable products is steadily increasing. These materials, however, are creating a major problem for the recycling sector – the promise of sustainability ends here.
One advantage of these bioplastics is that they have a positive impact on a company’s ecological footprint. This material obviously helps conserve fossil fuel reserves as they are made completely or partially out of renewable raw materials. Another advantage is that if they end up where they shouldn’t, i.e. in the countryside, then they will have less of an impact on the environment than conventional plastic as they will eventually decompose. The way these eco-friendly materials are currently being handled and recycled, however, needs to be improved.
Supposedly compostable food packaging and bioplastic bags need far too long to decompose – they often end up back on our fields