Biodegradable is generally a method in which a material will decompose when faced with certain environmental conditions, the idea behind biofilm is to present newer ecological ways to speed up the process, thus have a lesser environmental impact.
The trouble with plastics, in general, is that the speed in which it disintegrates is incredibly slow and can often take thousands of years to fully decompose; this is not very efficient anymore, especially as our landfills are already full to the brim.
The problems we are currently facing with plastics compared to Bio forms are as follows,
Decomposition rate- Although some types only take a matter of weeks, a good proportion of plastic is catastrophically clogging up landfills as it can take up to thousands of years to decompose, and this is just not viable with today’s economic crisis.
Biofilm and eco plastic will decompose at a much faster rate due to its manufactured ingredients of decomposable substances or particular additives.
Chemical hazards- plastics tend to leave an unfriendly residue, those chemical particles are found to be hazardous and dangerous to both wildlife (if ingested) and humans when it’s soaked into the soil or entered watercourses.
Biodegradable plastics are made using completely natural resources such as raw plant-based, and this enables a fast and safe decomposition process with no environmental impacts whatsoever.
How does Biodegradable work, and how is it made?
Created from natural raw materials, a process in which fungi and bacteria (when faced with a natural environment setting) naturally metabolize the biomaterial. The actual structure of the bioplastic breaks down at a much faster rate, and this, in turn, addresses the economic crisis of landfill overload. This raw material will turn into compost and can then be reused again, thus making it an efficient, eco-friendly alternative.
What are the eco-benefits of biodegradable plastics?
Saves Non-renewable energy sources
For instance, petroleum- which is used in the general process of creating ordinary plastics- can be conserved when switching to a source made from natural resources (like sugar cane), which are used to make Bioplastics.
Reduce carbon emissions
There is a significant decrease in carbon emissions during the manufacturing process of Bioplastics, compared to ordinary plastics. Because they are made from natural plant-based resources, it emits far less carbon when decomposing too.
Less energy/no fossil fuels
The whole process of making bioplastics uses significantly less energy as well as nil fossil fuel for recycling. This is better for reducing pollution.
Anything that we can do to help our environment these days is a blessing; switching to Biodegradable Packaging is the perfect way to reduce waste so that landfills can be preserved for more beneficial uses. By switching to bioplastics, we are practicing a greener and sustainable way of life; this is encouraging for future generations, and overtime, we destined to see a significant difference to the environmental impacts we are currently facing.