In recent years, the detrimental impact of traditional plastics on the environment has become increasingly evident. However, advancements in technology have given rise to a new class of materials known as biodegradable polymers. In this blog post, we will delve into what biodegradable polymers are and why they are often regarded as a "good plastic." Let's explore the unique properties and benefits that make biodegradable polymers a promising alternative to conventional plastics.
Biodegradable polymers, also referred to as biopolymers, are a type of plastic derived from renewable sources such as plants, bacteria, or algae. These polymers are designed to break down naturally through the action of microorganisms in the environment, ultimately returning to the ecosystem as harmless byproducts. Biodegradable polymers can be used to create a wide range of products, including packaging materials, disposable cutlery, agricultural films, and more.
Plastic has many definitions, but the one used in the packaging industry is that anything that is made from polymers that have "plasticity" (aka the ability to be easily formed into a new shape) are plastics. This definition is very broad, so let's explore why not all plastics are created evil.
While biodegradable polymers offer several advantages, it is crucial to consider their limitations and ensure proper usage:
Biodegradable polymers, which makes up our new Milk Medleys packaging, represent a promising solution to the environmental challenges posed by traditional plastics. With their reduced environmental impact, utilization of renewable resources, and potential for efficient waste management, these materials offer a pathway towards a more sustainable future. However, it is crucial to continue research and development efforts to improve their performance, optimize recycling processes, and ensure proper disposal methods. By adopting biodegradable polymers, we can reduce plastic pollution and contribute to a cleaner, healthier planet for future generations.