8 sustainable packaging hits of 2017: Page 7 of 8

By Lisa McTigue Pierce in Sustainable Packaging on December 21, 2017

#2. How sustainable are biodegradable and plant-based plastics?

Bioplastics are big business these days and come in two main categories. In this third Szaky-authored article in our list, he argues for the “durable” rather than “biodegradable” kind. Not sure what the difference is? Not to worry. Szaky defines them:

Durable bioplastics are “made from plant materials, but can still be recycled.”

Biodegradable bioplastics are “exactly as they sound: in theory, they break down naturally in the environment or may be composted.”

To make durable bioplastics as viable as possible, Szaky recommends, “We will need to start curbing the demand for plastics overall. With less demand, the market will be in a far better place to meet demand with more contained impacts to the environment.”


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