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 The Cloos x Brady collection is made from M49 Mazzucchelli, an Italian bioplastic composed of cellulose acetate that is 100% recyclable. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 7 June 2021 The new bioplastic is created by using a biodegradable solvent to deconstruct wood powder found at lumber mills into a slurry, which can then be shaped into common plastic products, such as shopping bags and other packaging. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 May 2021 The company that supplies the bioplastic to Cove, RWDC Industries, introduced drinking straws made from the material last year in Singapore, where the company is based. John Schwartz, New York Times, 1 Oct. 2020 The super-enzyme can also deal with polyethylene furanoate (PEF), a bioplastic used in some beer bottles, but cannot break down other types of plastic such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Oct. 2020 These geometric pots are made of wood and a bioplastic made from corn. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, 25 June 2020 To put it plainly: not all bioplastics are created equal. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, 20 Jan. 2020 In the meantime, there is also some pollution caused by bioplastics themselves to consider. Troy Farah, Ars Technica, 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, 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of bioplastic

1989, in the meaning defined above

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“Bioplastic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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