Bioplastics or Conventional Plastics?
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2018 was the year plastic bashing reached a tipping point. There is a mad scramble for alternatives to conventional fossil fuel plastics which result in bad PR.
There are 2 approaches: additives which weaken the polymer chain to hasten degradation. These are known as OXYbiodegradables.
BIOplastics defined as plastics derived from agricultural sources are not the quick fix. There are ramifications. Some bioplastics deteriorate as trash or litter at the same rate as evil fossil fuel plastics. Some really do break down readily. If they do catch on, food prices will skyrocket.
We are stuck at the juncture of what " GEN 3 " plastic will look like.
You might want to take a quick look at how biodegradables can play out.
Meantime, the gulf coast of the US is poised to add an additional 20 billion pounds annual capacity of polyethylene by 2022. That's just polyethylene. The senior product managers of resin companies we know all agree that's probably not enough to satisfy world demand. There is a lot of polypropylene capacity coming on too. Braskem who marketed their "green" PE and PP derived from sugar cane is adding a billion pound annual capacity plant in La Porte, TX to make conventional polypropylene from fracked fossil fuels, not sugar cane. Their CEO praised the US feedstock situation.
If you identify a circumspect biodegradable claim, click here to send a complaint to the Federal Trade Commission. They are paying attention and cracking down on what we call the "additive cowboys".