By definition, biodegradation is the process by which any object can metabolize by microbes to produce water, carbon dioxide, and the biomass.
Bioplastics are currently used in disposable items like packaging, containers, straws, bags, and bottles. The global bioplastic market is projected to grow from $17 billion this year to almost $44 billion in 2022.
Bioplastics are plastics derived from renewable biomass sources, such as corn starch, straw, food waste, etc. Biodegradable bioplastics completely break down in the environment by microbes naturally. PLA is the biopolymer that is made from the renewable resource such as starch or food waste which is further used to produce bags or bioplastic containers.
Is Oxo-Degradable Plastic Biodegradable?
Oxo-Degradable Plastic fragment into smaller pieces of plastics and cannot be consumed by microorganisms to produce biomass, water, and carbon dioxide. It is a petrochemical plastic to which chemicals are added so that it can degrade quickly in the presence of some bacterias. The study shows that there is no difference in the additive-treated plastics vs. the regular plastics.