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by heaven rush

 

what do you know about bioplastics?
what ingredients make the best bioplastic?
what exactly do you do in your job that involves bioplastic?
what made you choose to work with bioplastic?

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  1. Green Plastics says:

    I hope that other people who work in the bioplastic industry will see this question and leave an answer here. I will answer for myself, Eugene Stevens.

    1) My primary interest has always been the chemistry: what properties different types of bioplastic have, how we can experiment with different formulas to make plastic for different purposes. I have done a great deal of research in this area.

    2) It depends on what you are trying to make! Bioplastics always are composed of at least one type of polymer (like starch or gelatin or agar) and one type of plasticizer (like glycerol). Companies are now pouring lots of money into doing research to find out what combinations work the best for different applications: packing material, strong and sturdy mechanical parts, food storage and preparation, and so on.

    3) Research!

    4) As a research scientist I have studied biochemistry my entire life. I have always been interested in biopolymers. In the late 1990’s, I saw a chance to use my interest in biopolymers as a way to talk about a popular and important topic (environmentalism and conservation) and get students interested in the field of chemistry. I wrote “Green Plastics: An Introduction to the New Science of Biodegradable Plastics” as an introduction to the science, and learned a lot about the history and industry of bioplastics while writing that book.

    I hope this helps! Maybe we can get people who work on the manufacturing side to answer this as well.

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