Marine Science in the News: Bioplastics Part 3

This is the third part in our 4-part series discussing bioplastics. Part 2 explored petroleum-derived versus biobased plastics. According to the Plastics Industry Association bioplastics are defined as plastics that are biodegradable, have biobased content, or both. Biobased plastic is made from renewable resources instead of fossil fuels; renewable resources include corn, potatoes, rice, sugarcane, wheat and vegetable oil. Biobased plastics are made from corn, potatoes, wheat or other renewable resources. Unfortunately a plastic that is made partly of fossil fuels and of renewable materials still fits under the "biobased" umbrella. Because of the misconceptions surrounding the trendy prefix

Marine Science in the News: Bioplastics Part 3

This is the third part in our 4-part series discussing bioplastics. Part 2 explored petroleum-derived versus biobased plastics. According to the Plastics Industry Association bioplastics are defined as plastics that are biodegradable, have biobased content, or both. Biobased plastic is made from renewable resources instead of fossil fuels; renewable resources include corn, potatoes, rice, sugarcane, wheat and vegetable oil. Biobased plastics are made from corn, potatoes, wheat or other renewable resources. Unfortunately a plastic that is made partly of fossil fuels and of renewable materials still fits under the "biobased" umbrella. Because of the misconceptions surrounding the trendy prefix

Marine Science in the News: Bioplastics Part 2

Need a refresher from our Bioplastics Part 1 blog? Click here. Plastic is cheap, flexible, strong, moisture resistant, durable and extremely versatile. Used in everything from food packaging to furniture to life-saving emergency rescue and medical equipment, there is no doubt that plastic production has been a successful and dominant industry. Our tremendous attraction to plastic has grown since the first synthetic polymers were invented in 1869 with global production and consumption continuing to rise over the last 60 years. It might be cheap and convenient for everyone but plastic’s reputation has been steadily declining for the last few decades. Something strong that doesn’t weather or br

Marine Science in the News: Bioplastics Part 2

Need a refresher from our Bioplastics Part 1 blog? Click here. Plastic is cheap, flexible, strong, moisture resistant, durable and extremely versatile. Used in everything from food packaging to furniture to life-saving emergency rescue and medical equipment, there is no doubt that plastic production has been a successful and dominant industry. Our tremendous attraction to plastic has grown since the first synthetic polymers were invented in 1869 with global production and consumption continuing to rise over the last 60 years. It might be cheap and convenient for everyone but plastic’s reputation has been steadily declining for the last few decades. Something strong that doesn’t weather or br

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