Dying to throw all your plastic in the compost bin? Biodegradable Plastic is on its way
Any gardener will tell you that tossing plastic into a compost pile is a lousy idea. However, within five years, empty bottles may become a welcome compost addition among heaps of eggshells and coffee grounds. Scientists at Imperial College London have developed a new biodegradable plastic that could replace our old plastic containers and packaging within two to five years.
This compostable substitute is created from sugar, by extracting a polymer from the glucose in plants and trees. Due to it's sugar composition, this new plastic degrades quickly in only a few months, instead of the hundreds of years required for current oil-based plastics. Only one percent of today's plastics are not created from fossil fuels, which means that full conversion to sugar-based plastics would diminish oil and gas consumption by a staggering 150 million tons per year-- seven percent of our worldwide demand! So, in the very near future, "plastic" may cease to be a dirty word and become... well, dirt. Looking forward to it!