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WHAT ARE CORN PLASTIC ?

BIOPLAST  (Corn Plastic) is made from corn. Corn plastic products look and feel just like regular plastic, has all the advantages of regular plastic but they all biodegradable, one model of them is even 100% biodegradable and compostable. Corn is a renewable resource which makes corn plastics  - BIOPLAST  much more sustainable than regular plastic which is made from petroleum.

 

What is PLA? 

PLA stands for Polylactide, and is a versatile polymer that is made from lactic acid. Lactic acid is made from dextrose by fermentation. Dextrose is made from cornstarch and cornstarch is made from carbon dioxide and water. PLA can be formed into several different products. 

 

How long does Corn Plastic - BIOPLAST

take to biodegrade or compost?

For the compostable type BIOPLAST, it will be 100% decomposed within 90 days afte being disposal in microbial environment, leaving no toxic or harmful residues behide.

For the biodegradable type BIOPLAST, more than 46% will be decomposed in less than 100 days after being disposal in microbial environment. And in 2 or 3 years it gradually become fully disintegrated.

 

For the master batch, depending on the mixing percentage of master batch. The part of master batch can be fully decomposted within 3 to 5 years.

 

If I throw Corn Plastic - BIOPLAST  in the trash,

will it biodegrade in a landfill? 
Most landfills are not designed to allow biodegrading of their contents. With that being said, BIOPLAST will react in landfills like other organic waste such as food. BIOPLAST is fully compostable in a composting facility. In addition, BIOPLAST is made from a renewable resource – corn – instead of regular plastic that is made from oil.

 

Ok, what's the difference between compostable and biodegradable?

Biodegradable means the products can be decomposed in microbial environment after being disposal. But not necessarily 100% degradation.

Compostable means 100% of biodegradable.

The products compostable can be finally become fertilizer to the soil and good for plants.

 

What about recycled or recyclable products?

Recycled and recyclable products have their place in the world of green meetings but they are NOT biodegradable nor are they compostable. Once these products make it to the landfill they will remain intact for many years to - in some cases, forever.

 

Is Corn Plastic-BIOPLAST recyclable?

No, BIOPLAST  is designed to biodegrade. The products made from Corn Plastic are "reusable" but only in the sense that at some point they will have to be composted.

 

What products are made out of Corn Plastic? 

Bioplast can produce following products: Films and bags: like agriculture mulch films, shopping bags,pet waste bags etc. Injections products, sheet extruding products: like poons, fork, knife, chopsticks, trays, bowl, cups, lunch boxes, flower pots, containers. Foaming products etc...

 

Does BIOPLAST contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)? 

NO. The Corn Plastic - BIOPLAST resin does not contain any GMO. All genetically modified organisms are eliminated during the production process of the Corn Starch resin. Unfortunately, Corn Plastic is not produced from GMO-free corn.

 

What's the harm in plastics?

Hydrocarbon plastics are made from numerous petroleum based chemicals and additives. Many of these have been proven to be carcinogenic, and have otherharmful effects on the balance of animal life. The persistence of the chemical make up of these compounds cause the products made from them to become a non-biodegradable "blanket" which is now so pervasive in our environment that it is suffocating, strangling, and starving the animal life on this planet.

 

Don't be fooled by recycling- Recycling has been a weak solution

In reality most plastics are very difficult to recycle and are not usually recycled into the same type of product that they were collected from, if they are recycled at all. The polymer chains of hydrocarbon plastics break down each time they are melted, making them less useful or reliable for plastic bottles for instance. Many consumers falsely believe that this material is being recycled into the same products they recycle, which isn't so. The increasing demand for plastic containers (13 billion pounds in the US in 2004) demands the use and manufacture of virgin hydrocarbon plastics. We are not stopping the toxic spill through recycling. There is increasing demand, and increasing production.

 

In addition, recycling efforts in voluntary states is ineffective, causing most plastics used there to go directly to landfill. Go to Container Recycling Institute's study on the downward trend of consumer recycling.

 

So how can we stop the problem?

We must realize that there is no safe place for this toxic bio-accumulation to be sequestered, and we are still increasing production of hydrocarbon plastics at a rate of about 80 billion pounds per year through the manufacture of virgin plastics for bottles, plastic bags, packaging, and every other application that our current lifestyle demands. We need smarter science, and more modest lifestyles.

 

How we can all make a change:

Replace hydrocarbon plastics with compostable materials for our daily living ......Buy Green Plastics

 

Learn how and where to find certified green plastics:

US: Biodegradable Plastics Institute
European Union: DIN Certco Certification
Japan: Japan Bioplastics Associations (JBPA)

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Corn Plastic, PLA,

Compostable,

 Biodegradable

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