Interview with Steven Mojo, Executive Director of the Biodegradable Products Institute
We publish an interview with Steven Mojo, Executive Director of the Biodegradable Products Institute: Breakdown on bioplastics - Alternative materials increasingly viable.Brand owners concerned about the sustainability of their product packaging are growing increasingly uneasy about traditional petroleumbased polymer packaging. They recognize all the advantages it offers in protecting their product, but they also are under pressure to meet mandatory retail initiatives and to reap some of the rewards associated with improved environmental stewardship. Interview with Steven Mojo, Executive Director of the Biodegradable Products Institute read>>
The main complaint I have with this story is that it does not emsahpise that the study only looked at “waste” bags, these are bags that I assume contain non-organics/non-recyclables because the study assumes that the end of life for these bags is incineration. No scenarios are presented where bags are disposed in other ways. It makes sense, if you assume incineration, that the impact will be dominated by the mass of raw materials. This study proves nothing regarding the use of biodegradable bags in composting or anaerobic digestion programs. If the study had to look at PE bags vs. bio bags with composting as the end of life assumption, the extra costs of dealing with shredded plastic in the compost would probably produce different results. It’s about using the right bag for the job.