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#1 Old 07-16-2017, 11:48 PM
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Question Plant Based Plastic Bottles?

A couple of weeks ago, I was in town for a small street festival, and I didn't have a water bottle to carry around, so I bought a bottle of water. *hangs head in shame* This bottle of water said it was "plant based plastic". What would make a plastic (store bought) plastic bottle not plant based? Thank you.
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#2 Old 07-17-2017, 12:49 AM
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plant based bottles are made of plastic where the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) part of the plastic is replaced with plastic made with sugar or corn . T
hey save petroleum (the P in PET) and making them removes carbon from the air rather than putting it into the air. They are 100% recyclable - so they say.

The problem is the same as the problem with plant based fuels huge amounts of land are needed to grow enough plants to make the product taking the food off peoples tables.

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Bioplastics are not usually recyclable, sadly. They tend to gum up the works when mixed in with other plastics. They're supposed to be composted, but that brings up another issue: they are difficult if not impossible to compost except in high-heat municipal/commercial composting facilities.

Theoretically they are biodegradable or perhaps photodegradable, but in a landfill where there is no light or air circulating, they won't.

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plant based bottles are made of plastic where the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) part of the plastic is replaced with plastic made with sugar or corn . T
hey save petroleum (the P in PET) and making them removes carbon from the air rather than putting it into the air. They are 100% recyclable - so they say.

The problem is the same as the problem with plant based fuels huge amounts of land are needed to grow enough plants to make the product taking the food off peoples tables.

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Bioplastics are not usually recyclable, sadly. They tend to gum up the works when mixed in with other plastics. They're supposed to be composted, but that brings up another issue: they are difficult if not impossible to compost except in high-heat municipal/commercial composting facilities.

Theoretically they are biodegradable or perhaps photodegradable, but in a landfill where there is no light or air circulating, they won't.

Sorry to come out of lurking on ya like this, but trash is kind of a hobby of mine.
Gooberknuckles. Thanks, both of you. I have a water bottle that I'm happy with, so it shouldn't be a problem anymore.

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