Bioplastic is usually a word used in media to describe plastics that are a better solution to fossil-fuel derived plastics. So, generally, the word bioplastic conjures up the idea of a perfect plant plastic solution that doesn’t impact the Earth in any way, from growing the plants to finally breaking down into harmless, plant-based particles and we all live happily ever after. Right? Well, wouldn’t that be nice. The reality is that not all bioplastics are eco-friendly plant plastic.
The term describes any kind of plastic that is biodegradable, and / or made from biological matter. Bioplastics do not need to be biodegradable plant plastic. But, wasn’t that the whole point in the first place? To lessen the impact created by plastic because it uses fossil fuels and never biodegrades?
Up to 70% of the bioplastics on the market today ARE NOT BIODEGRADABLE.
They also do not need to be sustainable and eco-friendly in the source plant production. For example, bioplastics made from corn need more corn crops, and corn is not usually grown in the most ethical way. From genetic modification to chemical fertilisers and pesticides, commercial conventional corn crops are not something we want to encourage more of.
Know your brand
Bioplastics is a way that many brands greenwash you into thinking you are choosing an ethical product. Although green is one of our favourite colours, we prefer transparency when it comes to our products. There are a few ‘legitimate’, ethical bioplastics available, and we have chosen one of them for our packaging. It looks like plastic and keeps the superfoods fresh, but it’s 100% zero plastic and sustainably produced.