The search for an alternative to plastic


Plastic is practical, versatile and long-lasting. The latter proving problematic when trying to dispose of it. Millions of tonnes of plastic have been produced since the 1950s, and sources suggest most of it has not been recycled. We are drowning in rubbish.
One possible solution to this problem is bioplastic. In this month’s striking black/white infographic by designer Jörg Huylebrouck, we examine the different types of available bioplastic. Namely, bio-based, biodegradable and compostable materials.
Critics of bioplastic point to the fact that the raw materials needed to produce alternatives to conventional plastic usually have to be cultivated. A process which in turn can also have an adverse effect on the environment. While bioplastic can be viewed as a positive attempt to reduce plastic waste, a universal cure for the problem has yet to be found.