Bioplastics: Don't Let the Label Fool You


Article from the August 5, 2020 by Madigan Cotterill in the Canadian Geographic where Dr. Amar Mohanty is quoted.

The problem with plastic is a global epidemic that follows you throughout your day. It is very likely that you are using plastic right now. Cell phones made with polycarbonate, clothes made of polyester, and shoes made with polyurethane — all of these materials are plastic.

In Canada, it is estimated that 3.3 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced per year. Most of which will end up in landfills, significantly impacting the environment and wildlife. The Government of Canada says that if current trends continue, the ocean could reach a 1:1 weight ratio of plastic to fish by 2050. Concerned for the health of our planet, large and small-scale efforts have been made to come up with solutions to this ever-growing plastic problem. One major solution, some say, could be the implementation of bioplastic.

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In Canada, 3.3 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced per year. (Photo: Angela Compagnone/Unsplash