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|Title:||Plastics From Plants|
|Abstract:||Researchers are turning toward plants as being a potentially cheaper and more convenient method of producing renewable, biodegradable plastics.The slow biodegradation rates of plastic materials have created a need for alternative materials with physical and industrial properties similar to petrochemical derived plastics but well biodegradable. Bioplastics are natural polymers synthesized and catabolized by various microorganisms and accumulate in microbial cells under stress conditions.Unlike petroleum-based plastics, bioplastics are eliminated from our biosphere in an environment friendly fashion. These can be conventionally managed and recycled, landfilled, or incinerated so that neither leaves plastic litter nor leads to depletion of our finite resources (fossil fuels). Moreover, these are helpful in reducing carbon footprints by as much as 40%.|
|Appears in Collections:||SR Vol.47(06) [June 2010]|
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