Monday, October 22, 2007

Bioplastics

Since I'm just about to buy a large number of gift cards to support the South Huntington Council of PTAs, I'm going to have to look into the issue of "bioplastics" further.

There has been a remarkable increase in the number of products sold as "green". A quick trip to a supermarket yesterday in search of more Borax (Found it at the Dix Hills Pathmark!) showed about 20 supposedly green cleaning products in one small area.

Green plastics find cautious market

By MARK JEWELL
AP Business Writer
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Target offers shoppers an unusual message about its gift cards at some stores, advising that they are biodegradable. "Just make sure you spend them first," the displays conclude.

This isn't just a marketing gimmick. Plastics made from corn and other plants are carving a tiny niche from the market for conventional petroleum-based plastics and being touted as green alternatives for everything from bulk food containers to lipstick tubes and clothing fiber — as well as gift cards.

So-called "bioplastics" offer the world a way to wean itself off oil, and most biodegrade to varying degrees. But their makers' green argument is complex, and environmentalists are cautious in their support.

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