What? A form of plastic Similar properties Biodegradable/compostable Used for disposable items Packaging, catering Non disposable non biodegradable but sustainable Pipes, phone casing
Why? Reduce fossil-fuel use and CO2 release during manufacturing Made from renewable raw materials Some are nontoxic and safe for medical and internal use
Why not? Higher cost—although this is relative to oil prices, which fluctuate In some cases, lower quality and performance compared to standard plastics Composting may be possible only in industrial composting processes Could interfere with standard plastic recycling Use of plant sugar and starch sources could negatively impact food prices
Bioplastics for the future Rising oil prices Bioplastic consumption expected to reach 5 million tonnes in 2015 Potential for crop producing countries
Perspective A potential summit opportunity for crop producing countries. More can be done to ensure consistency of bioplastics Disposability Methane gas contributing to greenhouse gases An effort to increase usage of bioplastics to reduce dependency on petroleum made plastics
Discussion What are the consequences of using more bioplastics in our lives? If you were given a choice between regular plastic and bioplastic, which would you choose? Why?