Definitions

"Bioplastics" generally refer to polymers made from renewable resources; some of them are biodegradable.

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Bioplastics can be synthesized from various natural resources (corn, sugarcane, beetroot, potatoes, wheat, etc.) or even in certain cases from by-products or waste (molasses, waste water, etc.).

Thanks to technological advances, all bioplastics will be derived from non-food biomass in a near future.

Production processes will also become more ecological with the use of renewable energies and biorefineries.

Finally, new end-of-life options, such as industrial composting or anaerobic digestion, become available, thanks to the biodegradable property of some bioplastics.


The advantage of these materials is to provide a greener alternative to the commonly used polymers, which are produced from fossil resources (oil) and whose end of life cannot be managed by individual or industrial composting.