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Bioplastics: Promising but pricey

from Plastics News

Polyhydroxyalkanoates are a family of bio-based plastics that would seem to have everything going for them: renewably sourced, biocompatible, biodegradable and produced using carbon sources ranging from methane to sewage. Their potential for replacing fossil-based plastics has long been recognized, with initial efforts to commercialize these materials dating back to the 1980s. The problem, as is often the case with bio-based plastics, was cost. PHA could not, and still struggles to, compete with the bulk production of petrochemical plastics. more


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