Plastic is one of those items that is absolutely everywhere. Try to imagine life without it at this stage. Really picture it. Everything has been either made from, or has some component made from plastic in it. The light switch on your wall? Plastic. The surround of your computer monitor? Plastic. The drinks bottle in your fridge? You get the picture. But plastic by it’s very nature, is harmful to the environment.
Making the Change to Biodegradable:
We have all seen the horrible pictures of massive amounts of plastic floating around In the sea, or heard the stories about the sheer volume of this waste there is out there, just sitting on the surface of the water. Imagine the damage this is doing, to the immediate environment around it. But few stop to think of the harm done in the creation of these products to begin with. Plastic comes from items like crude oil, while we could be using bio-based plasticizer instead to make the entire act of making said bottle both greener, and more sustainable.
Biodegradable – How It Works:
Companies that produce biodegradable plastics use processes such as combining the fatty acids from plants with isosorbide (derived from sorbitol by way of dehydration) in order to create bioplastics. These can then be used in a wide range of settings, from the flooring in hospitals or medical production facilities, to polyesters, or even to products like epoxy resin. This new type of plastic is every bit as durable as the traditionally made plastic, but is more environmentally friendly, from the production stage, through to it’s final application.
Finding a Wider Range:
While industry has been quick to pick up on the adoption of bioplastics, many manufacturers that use plastics for their products (like milk), have not been as quick off the mark. That’s not to say that there won’t be a wider pick up of these products in the near future though. In fact, some water companies have recognized that there is a serious issue with regard to the amount of waste generated from their empty, discarded bottles, and have made steps to minimize their impact. POLYSORB ®ID, one of the main components in the company Roquette’s biodegradable plastic products, is an ideal replacement for BPU, long used by water companies, in the manufacture of water bottles. In fact, it can be used in a huge range of settings, from optical devices to hi tech films, and everything in between.
It is about time that the stone age methods of the past in creating plastics were left there – in the past. Imagine a future where our ancestors look back to today as history, to discover that we still use fossil fuels to create the plastics we use in every single aspect of our daily lives. What would they think of us? The time to make this change is now, for the betterment of our world.