UTILIZATION OF PULVERIZED COCOS NUCIFERA FIBER, DRIED EICHHORNIA AND ABELMOSCHUS ESCULENTUS MUCILAGE AS COMPONENTS OF BIOPLASTIC PRODUCT
Maria Yvita Queenne Ignacio
Katriela Marie de Villa
Jolina Mae Rapirap
The harmful effects of synthetic plastics in the environment have been increasing, resulting to the demand that people explore other means wherein the products can be produced out of different raw materials which are Eco- friendly.
The toxic plastic load on the earth is growing and at this rate will cause a whole range of problems for future generations. Making eco-friendly plastics using raw materials such as …show more content…
Plastics- any of a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic organic solids that are moldable. Plastics are typically organic polymers of high molecular mass.
Biodegradable Plastics- plastics that will decompose in natural aerobic (composting) and anaerobic (landfill) environments. Biodegradation of plastics occurs when microorganisms metabolize the plastics to either assimilable compounds or to humus-like materials that are less harmful to the environment. Glycerol- is a simple polyol compound. It is a colorless, odorless, viscous liquid that is widely used in pharmaceutical formulations. Glycerol has three hydroxyl groups that are responsible for its solubility in water and its hygroscopic nature. It acts like a lubricant at the molecular level
Polymer- is the main building block of all plastics. It is a large molecule (macromolecule) composed of repeating structural units. These sub-units are typically connected by covalent chemical bonds. Although the term polymer is sometimes taken to refer to plastics, it actually encompasses a large class of compounds comprising both natural and synthetic materials with a wide variety of properties.
Mucilage- a thick, gluey substance produced by nearly all plants and some microorganisms. It is a polar