10 Jul '11, 5pm

Compostable or Recyclable? Why Bioplastics Are Causing an Environmental Headache

For related articles and more information, please visit OCA's Environment and Climate Resource page and our Organic Transitions page . You're standing in front of three bins - one for compost, one for recycling and one for landfill - holding an empty container called a "PlantBottle" and a clear plastic cup embossed with the recycling triangle and the number seven. Now what? Your instinct might be to put that "PlantBottle" in the compost bin, and to put the clear plastic cup in the recycling bin. But in this case, you'd be wrong on both counts. PlantBottle is Coca-Cola's brand for its bio-based plastic bottles, and while they are made either partially or wholly from plant-derived materials, they have the identical chemical structure of plastic made from oil, and therefore should be recycled right along with petro-derived plastic. A PlantBottle, despite its name, can't be co...

Full article: http://www.organicconsumers.org/articles/article_23584.cfm

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