The problem with bioplastics

Read the full post at Treehugger.

Plastic was once hailed as a miracle material, but as its favored sheen slowly wears off with better understanding of its environmental repercussions, bioplastics are now rising to the forefront as the savior of the future. Bioplastics, the thinking goes, will enable our consumption habits to remain more or less the same because we won’t have to worry about where the plastic ends up after use. It breaks down, so that’s good, right?

Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. A revealing chapter in “Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-by-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy,” a brand-new book written by Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon, founders of the eponymous website, takes a closer look at bioplastics, the confusing terminology, and what it all means.

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