Bioplastics as Better Alternative to Petroplastics and Their Role in National Sustainability: A Review
Advances in Bioscience and Bioengineering
Volume 5, Issue 4, August 2017, Pages: 63-70
Received: Apr. 5, 2017; Accepted: Apr. 17, 2017; Published: Oct. 19, 2017
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Ibrahim Muhammad Shamsuddin, Department of Chemistry, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Nigeria
Jafar Ahmad Jafar, Department of Chemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Abubakar Sadiq Abdulrahman Shawai, Department of Chemistry, Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso, Nigeria
Saleh Yusuf, Department of Chemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Mahmud Lateefah, Department of Chemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria
Ibrahim Aminu, Department of Chemistry, Federal College of Education, Zaria, Nigeria
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As a result of increasing environmental concerns/legislative pressure for dumping of non-biodegradable plastics in landfills and rapid increases in the cost of petroleum, the development of “environmental friendly” materials has attracted extensive interest. Recently, bioplastics are one of the most innovative environmental friendly materials developed. This review paper is intended to provide information about alternative to conventional plastics for the betterment of earth environment. They have some advantages such as lower carbon footprint, independence, energy efficiency, and eco-safety. For the sustainability, recycling systems and production technology may be developed for bioplastics and by-product should be used for their production. It is concluded that the use of bioplastics will help in sustainability and national development thus, making the environment less overwhelmed with greenhouse gases and reduction of waste biomas. And finally recommended by the reviewers that use of biomas for plastics production should be embraced especially those found to be biodegradable and use of petroplastics be incapacitated.
Bioplastics, Petroplastics, Advantages of Bioplastics, Environment, Sustainability
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Ibrahim Muhammad Shamsuddin, Jafar Ahmad Jafar, Abubakar Sadiq Abdulrahman Shawai, Saleh Yusuf, Mahmud Lateefah, Ibrahim Aminu, Bioplastics as Better Alternative to Petroplastics and Their Role in National Sustainability: A Review, Advances in Bioscience and Bioengineering. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2017, pp. 63-70. doi: 10.11648/
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