The regular plastic is made from petroleum-based byproducts, while Bioplastic is the degradable plastic made from biological resources like corn starch, straws, wood-chips, vegetable fats, and oils. Bioplastic could also be made from used plastic bottles and agricultural byproducts. The present work comprises of production of bioplastic from complete agricultural wastes like corn cobs instead of corn starch, wax, and fats derived from slaughterhouse wastes, instead of vegetable oils. The corn starch and vegetable oils are edible resources, which have been replace by wastes, which are mostly thrown. The polylactic acid required for bioplastic production has also been produced by polymerization of lactic acid produced from corn cob, sugarcane bagasse, and potato peels using Lactobacilli. Hence the Bioplastic produced was completely from waste materials and not from any edible resource.
The author is working as Sr. Asst. Professor in the Zoology Department of Prof. Ramkrishna More ACS College of Akurdi, under SP Pune University, Pune, India. She is a Ph.D. and NET. She is a researcher in the field of ecology, environment, and bioremediation. She authored 2 books and several research papers, published in various research journals.
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Bioconversion, bioplastic, waste management, lactic acid, Polylactic acid, Tallow, slaughterhouse waste, bioplastic production, Ecology, Bioremediation, Environmental Science, ecotoxicology
SCIENCE / Ecology