Bioplastics- The Next Big Thing!

Safety Note: Science experiments should only be performed with a parent's permission and supervision.

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Bioplastics- The Next Big Thing!
Bioplastics- The Next Big Thing!

Bioplastics- The Next Big Thing!

Ali Asghar Zariwala - 5th Grade / McDermott

Project Summary

The goal of this project is to create plastic-like products using natural materials and initiate the decomposition of the plastic that was created by burying the items and recovering them later. This project helps us see the difference between organic plastics and the kinds we are used to.

Research
How can plastic-like products be made from natural materials?
How easily do organic plastics decompose?

Before people had petroleum-based plastics, they made semi-permanent items naturally from animal and plant materials. For example, milk mixed with a variety of ingredients was used to seal and weatherproof barns. And, billiard balls made from the byproducts of cotton milling were commonly used until their combustibility was discovered.

The advantage of natural plastics is that they decompose relatively easily. Plastics made from plant and animal products will dissolve in a landfill while many petroleum products never do.

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