News and events
Plastic has played a very essential part in protecting our frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. The global demand for certain uses of plastic has increased due to the Coronavirus. Masks, personal protective suits, medical face shields and protective gears have all seen a rise in demand as the pandemic plays out. Not only this, but e-commerce websites and restaurants are also heavily dependent on plastic for packaging and safe storage & transport of food.
The problem is, all of this plastic is finding its way into piles of garbage and if we do not take urgent and proper actions now, it will negatively impact our health, wildlife, and the natural environment in the long term.
But, can we protect our health while still minimizing the negative impact of plastic on our environment?
To tackle the growing environmental issues, I started working on Bioplastics.
Bioplastic is a material which is either biobased (partly derived from plants), biodegradable or features both properties. They are better for the environment because they are not petroleum-based and can be used to reduce the problem of plastic waste that has been suffocating the planet.
BioTex uses materials that are normally discarded as waste, but have the potential of becoming a raw material that could be used for making bioplastics. Waste like fruit & vegetable peel and Sea food waste (exoskeleton of sea creatures) have been used to produce materials which look like synthetic plastic, but it is eco-friendly, sustainable, compostable, does not harm marine life and keeps the environment clean. For “compostable” plastics to break down into simpler chemical compounds, composting facilities with controlled conditions (e.g., added nutrients and specific temperature) are required.
There are several ways of creating this material. I will be discussing one of the methods through which you can make your own Bioplastic.
Raw materials could be: gelatin, seaweed, rice/potato/cassava/corn starch, chitin/chitosan (extract from exoskeleton of seafood waste), microbes etc.
Here is an example of how to make your own bioplastic from cornstarch :
I strongly believe that single-use plastic should never be built to last, they should be designed to disappear. The future does not have to be more plastic, we can achieve both sustainability and healthier life by making responsible choices.
Visit Nidihi’s blog for more information: https://warpedweft.wordpress.com/
Nidhi Mittal (India)
Browse through the most frequent issues and questions.