Plant-based? Compostable? What you need to know about bioplastics

"What they are, how they're greener than traditional plastics and why they’re not a perfect solution

Plastics are an integral part of our lives, but they also pose some big environmental problems.

They generate a lot of waste, most of which isn't recycled. A recent study from Environment and Climate Change Canada found that even in our country, only nine per cent of plastics are recycled — the rest is either incinerated, landfilled or ends up in the environment, where it can harm wildlife such as whales, turtles or seabirds. Those are some of the reasons the federal government plans to ban many single-use plastics by 2021."

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