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Bioplastics

Description

This course is about the problem with plastic in general and how we got to where we are now when it comes to plastic use. Then we will be exploring the basics of bioplastics, the issues and benefits associated as well as some key takeaways.
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About Course

This course is about the problem with plastic in general and how we got to where we are now when it comes to plastic use. Then we will be exploring the basics of bioplastics, the issues and benefits associated as well as some key takeaways.
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What I will learn?

  • The problem with plastics
  • Fossil fuels & how its made
  • Low recyclability
  • Pollution & microplastics
  • Why do we love plastics?
  • A brief history of plastic use
  • Affordability
  • Availability
  • Proposed solution? Bioplastics!
  • Maintains single-use
  • Starch-based, cellulose-based, protein-based, aliphatic polyester, organic polyethylene
  • Solution for businesses to keep operating at a similar level
  • Can contain cleaner ingredients than fossil fuels/plastics
  • Some items still need wrapping like toothbrushes according to Health Canada
  • Issues
  • Pitched as being biodegradable or compostable - often aren't.
  • Different between degradable, biodegradable, compostable, and compostable in certain facilities
  • Maintaining single-use nature consumerism increases the need for resources and increases the risk for resource depletion
  • Marketing claims
  • Greenwashing
  • What can you do?
  • Stay informed when shopping
  • Avoid any single-use when possible
  • Learn how to properly dispose of your bioplastics

Course Curriculum

Ready-To-Use Shareable Resources

  • Presentation Slide Deck: Bioplastics
  • Bioplastic Knowledge Check
  • Lesson 2: (Includes social posts)

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Course level:Intermediate
Course Duration: 0
Last Updated:August 24, 2023

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