Intelligent Technologies for Research and Engineering

Volume: 2

Bioplastics for Sustainable Development: An Eco-friendly Approach

Author(s): Subbulakshmi Ganesan*, Anagha Sanjay, Ishira Bhattacharya, K. M. Krishna and Srujana Jaya Krishna

Pp: 273-281 (9)

DOI: 10.2174/9789815165586124020026

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


Plastics are primarily composed of polymers and contain additives that allow them to inherit properties like durability, thermal insulation, electrical insulation, and density. Studies have shown that approximately half of all conventional synthetic polymers in the market are used as short-term products, during disposal, they end up in landfills and oceans where large amounts of plastic are washed ashore, sinked or floated, and fragmented into micro plastics which can harm and kill various organisms before making their way through the food chain. The term bioplastic is an abbreviation for bio-based polymers. A bio-based polymer can be shaped by components that stem from an organic source or its derivatives. In this paper, we will discuss the types, production, advantages, and disadvantages and applications of bioplastics.

Keywords: Bioplastics, Biodegradable, Cellulose-based plastics, Polymers, Starch-based plastics.

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