Production and Characterization of Bioplastic from Phycocolloids
Plastic that is made partly or wholly from polymer derived from biological sources such as sugarcane, potato or starch is called bioplastic. It is bio based, biodegradable or features both the properties. The use of Bio plastic is growing rapidly because of their clear advantage over traditionally used plastic. Bio plastic can be used in packaging industries, in the making of capsules and pills, mobile cases, for making baby toys, etc. The main aim of this study was to identify the potential use of agar (Phycocolloids) in the making of bio plastic. The term phycocolloid is used to described a colloid derived from seaweed; a colloid in turn is defined as a non crystalline substance with very large molecules. A phycocolloid is thus simply a seaweed gum. The results of current study show that agar can be successfully used for making bio plastic.
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