Now you can grow plastic in a field. Environmental Godsend?

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Plastic bottles take 450 years to disintegrate in landfill sites. There has to be an alternative. Aim listed company Plantic thinks it has found the solution.

Now you can grow plastic in a field. Forks by environmental graffiti blog

The company has developed a bioplastic, which is cheap to produce and grown in a field, rather than a refinery. The result, they claim is:

“both a broad range of immediate performance and cost advantages, and long term environmental and sustainability benefits.”

The technology they say is “based on high amylase corn starch.” They are now one of several companies throughout the world to use corn as the basis for manufacturing biodegradable plastics. They use corn starch to make a range of thermoplastic (TPS) polymers, as enough starch can be extracted from one corn cob to make production of their material cost effective. It can also be grown easily and economically.

However, they claim what makes them unique as a bioplastics company is their patented technology, which

“maximises the effectiveness of the long, linear amylose molecule, which in our view, is the heart of the kernel, so to speak. The true secret ingredient in corn.The amylose molecule has unique chemical properties that allow for a diverse range of applications. It is commonly used as a dietary fibre additive for baked products, a thickening agent or a film for coating foods and pharmaceuticals.”

Despite this extremely positive message, Environmental Graffiti has already shown how biofuels hike the prices of food and drink. If this technology were to become mainstream, might we be depriving poorer members of our society of food?

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