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Bioplastics 101: The Sustainability of Bioplastics Packaging

Bioplastics 101: The Sustainability of Bioplastics Packaging, Asia packaging, biodegradable packaging, compostable packaging, sustainable packaging
In the second article of our special ‘Bioplastics 101’ series, we tackle the big question: Are bioplastics packaging solutions sustainable? Do they even work well as a packaging material or do they in any way compromise on the packaging’s most basic requirements for product protection, preservation and promotion (i.e. the 3 ‘P’s of Packaging)?

Are Bioplastics Sustainable?
One question frequently asked of bioplastics packaging is this: “How sustainable is bioplastics packaging?”

The full article is available in the September 2015 issue of Packaging Business Insight Asia. To find out more, click here.

To address this, the first thing one needs to do is recognise that there are two issues involved here: the sustainability of a specific bioplastic, and that bioplastic’s performance in its intended packaging application.

Taken on its own, “Bioplastics” sustainability should be judged in the same way as the sustainability of other materials. For example when considering the sustainability of paper packaging, independent sustainability criteria such as FSC (Forest Stewardship Council), or SFI (Sustainable Forestry Initiative) are utilized.   Similar, 3rd party schemes have been developed for bioplastics, and are increasingly in use today.

Where packaging is concerned though, the issue is more complex.

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