“Rompa first talks about the growing popularity of these materials, despite the fact that their price tend to be higher and supply is insufficient to meet demand. At the moment, bioplastics make up circa 1% of the total plastic market, but this percentage is expected to grow quickly.
The paper then goes back to the very basics, to ensure readers understand what bioplastics are. The paper explains that, in general, a distinction is drawn between four types of plastics:”
- Biobased and non-biodegradable, so-called “drop-in” (bio-PE and bio-PET)
- Biobased and (naturally or industrially) biodegradable (PLA, PHA, PBS and corn starch blends)
- Fossil-based and non-biodegradable (ABS, PC, PS, ASA, PB)
- Fossil-based and (industrially) biodegradable (PBAT, PCL)