Bioplastics are defined as plastics that are made or derived from biological materials. However, corporations have acknowledged that the ability to biodegrade (the inherent property of a material or product resulting from the action of naturally occurring microorganisms) can be classified under being a bioplastic.
These plastics have been made into bio-based compounds (not on all occasions)
PE - polyethylene
PP - polypropylene
PET - polyethylene terephthalate
PA - polyamides
PTT - polytrimethylene terephthalate
PUR - (partly based) polyurethanes
These plastics have been made into bio-based, biodegradable compounds (not on all occasions)
PLA - polylactic acid
PHA - polyhydroxyalkanoates
PBA - polybutylene succinate
Starch-based plastic blends
These plastics have been made into biodegradable compounds (not on all occasions)
PBAT - polybutylene adipate terephthalate
Bioplastics are a great market that has been under immense scrutiny as of late. This industry has the potential to kick of a self-sufficient, beneficial bioeconomy.