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Asian Journal of Research in Chemistry
Year : 2018, Volume : 11, Issue : 1
First page : ( 179) Last page : ( 188)
Print ISSN : 0974-4169. Online ISSN : 0974-4150.
Article DOI : 10.5958/0974-4150.2018.00037.8

New Age Biodegradable and Compostable Plastics

Saini Rummi Devi*

Department of Chemistry, SMDRSD College, Pathankot, 145001, India

*Corresponding Author E-mail: rummisaini@yahoo.com

Online published on 26 March, 2018.

Abstract

Recent trends in biodegradable polymers call attention to significant improvements as far as unique design strategies to offer advanced plastics with equally good execution. Though there are a few deficiencies in terms of either technology or cost of production particularly on account of utilizations in environmental pollution. Hence, there is a need to have a new perspective on the design, properties and utilization of these polymers with a vision to develop new strategies for future developments. The paper reviews the present state of biodegradable plastics and discusses the salient features of the design and properties of biodegradable polymers. Exceptional stress is given to the issues and prospects of (I) approaches grasped to make non-biodegradable engineered polymers, for instance, polyethylene, biodegradable and (ii) biodegradable polymers and copolymers created utilizing renewable resources especially poly(lactic acid) based polymers and copolymers which are developing as the desired biodegradable materials for future.

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Keywords

Biodegradable, bio-based plastics, polymers, enzymatic degradation, microbial degradation.

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