bio·​plas·​tic | \ ˌbī-ō-ˈpla-stik \

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

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But almost all of the current bioplastics are made from sugars, which offers just one set of chemical building blocks. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Closing the loop on plastic recycling?," 5 July 2018 This graphic from European Bioplastics lists several of the main types of bioplastics. National Geographic, "Plastics Explained, From A to Z," 16 May 2018 Inside, the ceiling and walls of the cabin are lined with translucent Chroma Curl Wall tiles made out of white bioplastic. Barbara Eldredge, Curbed, "Rad tiny cabin is covered in 4,500 3D-printed tiles," 15 Mar. 2018 Now there are bioplastics, made out of biological materials like corn starch. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "Half of All Plastic That Has Ever Existed Was Made in the Past 13 Years," 19 July 2017 NatureWorks LLC, the world’s first and largest maker of a bioplastic called PLA, started in 1989 as a Cargill research project. Benjamin Parkin, WSJ, "Sneakers Made from Corn? Seat Cushions From Soybeans?," 14 May 2017 That these particular characters are made of bioplastic, data or pixels may be just as immaterial — in every sense. Jennifer Senior, New York Times, "Children of the New World," 2 Oct. 2016 The road to ecologically safe, consumer-friendly bioplastic is littered with expensive failures and technological dead ends. Todd Woody, WIRED, "Say Good-Bye to Plastic," 1 July 2002

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1989, in the meaning defined above

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