Bioplastics on the other hand are either partially or entirely derived from natural byproducts or renewable biomass materials. These biopolymers commonly incorporate renewable properties such as corn starch, straw, sawdust, wood chips and vegetable oils and fats. All of which are eco-friendlier than the fossil fuel-based alternative. While some bio-based plastics are biodegradable, many are merely recyclable and are still in the process of being made more sustainable. Despite this, opting for renewable or non-renewable resource-based plastics, or plastics with a higher recycled content, can still greatly reduce the demand for virgin materials. For more information, check out the below graphic.

Graphic created by Rhinehart Finishing, provider of industrial spray coating.

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