bioplastic

noun
bio·​plas·​tic | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈpla-stik How to pronounce bioplastic (audio) \

Definition of bioplastic

: 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 These geometric pots are made of wood and a bioplastic made from corn. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "9 plants that are actually easy to keep alive, according to experts," 25 June 2020 To put it plainly: not all bioplastics are created equal. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, "Bioplastics continue to blossom—are they really better for the environment?," 20 Jan. 2020 In the meantime, there is also some pollution caused by bioplastics themselves to consider. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, "Bioplastics continue to blossom—are they really better for the environment?," 20 Jan. 2020 More from Mars Inside the Chia Mushroom House, myco-architecture research lead Lynn Rothschild says the fungi could be biologically tuned to make all kinds of other materials like bioplastics and latex. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "We're All Going to Live in Mushroom Houses on Mars," 16 Jan. 2020 If the world fully converted to nonbiodegradable bioplastics starting in 2020, the carbon sequestered over the next 30 years could amount to more than 10 gigatons—which would be a good start. Wade Roush, Scientific American, "Wait, Plastic Can Be Good for the Environment?," 19 Dec. 2019 The company goes through an estimated 12 million disposable cups every year in the U.S., and even though they’re made of bioplastics and are 100% compostable, many end up in landfills because customers throw them in trash cans. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, "Blue Bottle Coffee pledges to go zero waste by end of 2020," 9 Dec. 2019 Scalability is sometimes an issue with bioplastics, which are typically more expensive to produce than their petrochemical counterparts. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Could Asia's passion for tofu help solve the plastic crisis?," 2 Dec. 2019 Some bioplastics breakdown fully only when exposed to temperatures exceeding 50 degrees Celsius for prolonged periods. Sarah Lazarus, CNN, "Could Asia's passion for tofu help solve the plastic crisis?," 2 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bioplastic

1989, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioplastic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bioplastic. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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