bioplastic

noun

bio·​plas·​tic ˌbī-ō-ˈpla-stik How to pronounce bioplastic (audio)
: biodegradable plastic that is made or derived from biological materials
Bioplastics could be really good for the environment—the manufacturing process produces fewer greenhouse-gas emissions than that for petroleum-based plastics …Kristina Dell

Examples of bioplastic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web According to BloombergNEF, the market for bioplastics, which includes the mass-balance principle products Lego buys, could double by 2025, although from a low base. Christian Wienberg, Fortune Europe, 18 Mar. 2024 Its key functions are the production of food, materials like bioplastics, and therapeutics. Jacek Krywko, Ars Technica, 13 Sep. 2023 Startups are exploring its potential in textiles, building materials, and even as a source for bioplastics. Abdo Riani, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 These bioplastics have found applications in various industries, from packaging to consumer goods. Abdo Riani, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The European Union is also considering mandating bioplastics under packaging rules that are being discussed. Dieter Holger, WSJ, 17 Aug. 2023 Additionally, the bioplastic can be composted alongside food scraps. Isabelle Butera, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2023 There is a tendency to assume that bioplastics are biodegradable since they are made from biological materials. Carla Delgado, Popular Science, 7 June 2023 The solutions include looking to insects for ways to biodegrade plastic, encouraging the development of bioplastics, making bigger use of algae and more. Alex Knapp, Forbes, 1 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1989, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bioplastic was in 1989

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“Bioplastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bioplastic. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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