Bioplastics can help the world achieve a circular plastic economy where plastics are sourced from biomass and converted back to it, writes University of Alicante Molecular Nanotechnology Laboratory director Javier Garcia Martinez, an inorganic chemistry professor and cofounder of MIT spinoff Rive Technology. Some biotechnology companies have been developing products based on existing findings on cellulose or lignin, from which bioplastics are usually derived, with reduced drawbacks; for instance, Finland-based MetGen Oy makes genetically engineered enzymes for separating different lignins into components for various uses.
Bioplastics contribute to circular plastic economy target
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