Bioplastics

Bioplastics are plastic-like substances that are made from natural materials, such as corn starch. Polylactide acid (PLA) can have the same properties as plastic, and can be made with far less energy as well. These bioplastics are also compostable, meaning that they will decay into natural materials. However, some bioplastics can be mixed with traditional” plastic, meaning that when they are composted, they can leave toxic residues or plastic components behind, thereby compromising the soil. *** Both biodegradable and bioplastics are also difficult to recycle. PLA intentionally looks very similar to PET, meaning that the two are often mixed in the same recycling bin, meaning that recycling collection can be comprised. ***