Corn plastic is made from polylactic acid (PLA), which is a plastic substitute, made from fermented plant starch. It is becoming a popular alternative to traditional plastic, which is derived from petroleum based chemicals. The different uses of polylactic acid could be a way of how to reduce a carbon footprint that is left by fossil fuel plastics.
Corn starch plastic is an alternative product to petroleum based plastic. It has the same characteristics, but corn plastic is made from corn starch polymers, a biodegradable and renewable resource. It looks like oil-based plastic, but can corn plastic reduce our dependence on oil?
A demand for green products has led to a growing industry for manufacturing corn starch plastic. Many countries around the world have banned the use of traditional, petroleum based plastic bags, so polylactic acid (PLA) is poised to play a big role as a viable and biodegradable replacement. But is it really the case?