Starch based Bioplastics and Global Warming
- PLA = Poly Lactic Acid. A market-gaining sugar-based biorefinery-produced feedstock for biobased plastics. Degrades, but slowly (years) in nature. Typically based on sugar from sugarcane
- PE = Polyethylene. Extremely common feedstock for plastic based on fossil fuels or on sugars as PLA. Here, data based on fossil oil is shown. Degrades even more slowly than PLA (decades).
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