Emerging Trend of Bio-plastics and Its Impact on Society

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Shreya Shah
Fatema Matkawala
Sarika Garg
Sadhana Nighojkar
Anand Nighojkar
Anil Kumar

Abstract

Bio-plastics are either bio-based polymers or capable of degradation into simple compounds. The rising development in the production and use of bio-plastics has globally revolutionized the dependency on traditional plastics. The conventional plastics prepared from petroleum, coal and natural gas have been extensively used by humans since antiquity as a prime component of almost all the materials used in day to day life. Since, these plastics are non-biodegradable; they cause serious impact on the environment. Recent years have witnessed the introduction of a wide variety of bio-plastics derived from natural polymers such as starch, cellulose, chitin etc. These bio-plastics are now being utilised in packaging materials, electronics, medical devices; holding immense potential for utility in future. This mini-review confers about types of bio-plastics, their utility in different sectors and their future prospective.

Keywords:
Bio-plastics, biodegradable plastics, starch, cellulose, protein, lipid, green polyethylene, polyhydroxyalkanoates, polylactic acid

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Shah, S., Matkawala, F., Garg, S., Nighojkar, S., Nighojkar, A., & Kumar, A. (2020). Emerging Trend of Bio-plastics and Its Impact on Society. Biotechnology Journal International, 24(4), 1-10. https://doi.org/10.9734/bji/2020/v24i430107
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