Thursday, August 25, 2005

Plastic Good Enough to Eat

As I was getting my regular dose of food blogging I came across Food Museum's post on bioplastics. How wonderful I thought! Finally after 10 years of searching for plastic spoons made of cornstarch after reading about it in the unlikely source W magazine. Better late than never, bottling and packaging companies are looking into making plastics made of cornstarch instead of petroleum which is toxic and hazardous to the environment. Bioplastics are biodegradable and edible!

Here are some websites and pdf files to peruse and use, some have homemade recipes for making bioplastics.

Information on cornstarch based biodegradable plastic bags made by Australian company Mater-Bi

An interesting and educational site for science students and anyone else actually

Bioplastics cost the same as conventional plastics and can be eaten too!

Southeast Asian companies into bioplastics

Switching to biodegradable packing fillers

Decomposing cutlery

Turning biodegradable plastic bags into compost
www.hnd.usace.army.mil/techinfo/CPW/PWTB/4204920.pdf

Make your own bioplastic:
extension.usu.edu/aitc/ teachers/pdf/fieldguide1/plastic.pdf
www.agintheclassroom.org/resources/PlasticsFlyer.pdf
www.clover.okstate.edu/fourh/ aitc/lessons/extras/recipes/plastic.pdf


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