You may use biodegradable plastic for any application that you would use conventional plastic for. Currently, biodegradable plastic may be found in the packaging of apparel, food, retail goods, and single-use items like straws, cutlery, and cups. Biodegradable plastic may be the solution to our plastic dilemma. Biodegradable plastic is a relatively new product on the market, with several firms working hard to develop alternatives to the plastics that are commonly used today.
Everything we make has an environmental impact, but the primary goal of plastic alternatives is to minimise the damage as much as possible. Some plastic alternatives can be composted at home, while many can only be composted at an industrial facility. If only biodegradable in an industrial setting, the material will most likely behave similarly to typical plastic in water, breaking down into microplastics. Unfortunately, many bioplastics that can only be composted at an industrial facility never make it there, instead ending up in a landfill. When bio plastic degrades in a landfill, it may emit methane, a gas 23 times more strong than carbon dioxide. The entire impact of different forms of plastic substitutes is still being studied.