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Bioplastics

(article, Culinate staff)

In a recent assessment of eco-plastic, Time magazine noted that the promise of the product — a plastic that biodegrades — can only be fulfilled under certain conditions. Toss an empty bioplastic bag of chips into your petroleum-plastic-lined garbage can, in other words, and the biodegradable bag never gets the chance to do just that. And under other conditions, the supposedly planet-friendly plastic can give off methane, a greenhouse gas. But the product — current bioplastics are made from corn, with versions using switchgrass, potatoes, and algae in the works — requires less energy to make and, in theory, is a laudable idea. Pass the chips, please.