The BBIA has penned a joint letter with European Bioplastics and the USA Bioplastics Institute in response to an article published in National Geographic.
The article plays on a series of misconception regarding bioplastics and the meaning of ‘biodegradable’, and our letter seeks to refute these and clear up the confusion.
We remind that our members work to certified standards and recommend bioplastics only as solutions for certain uses and do not promote their disposal in the environment.
Our members claim only that their biodegradable products are biodegradable in industrial composting facilities.
We believe that, environmentally, the focus should be on reducing plastic use, substituting non-recyclable plastics with recyclable plastic, introducing compostable bioplastics where they have a role in reducing overall waste and improving food waste capture.
You can read our letter in full for more information.