DURABILITY AND DECOMPOSING ABILITY
OF CORNSTARCH AND LOTUS
San Andres, Brian Tracy
General Engineering, IChE-D
Chemical Engineering Department
University of Santo Tomas, Manila
The purpose of the researchers’ study, “Durability and Decomposing Ability of Cornstarch and Lotus Plant-based Bioplastic”, is to know and find out if there is no significant difference on the durability and decomposing ability, specifically the ability to biodegrade and to compost between the most commonly used material in bioplastic making, the cornstarch, and the starch in the rhizomes of the lotus plant.
The procedures used by the researchers in this research study were the making of the cornstarch and lotus plant-based bioplastic, the simple durability testing, burying them in the ground at the same depth together with a strip of paper with exact dimensions as the bioplastic for two (2) weeks, and the comparison of the results between the two said bioplastics.
The results of the study were the durability and decomposing ability specifically the ability to biodegrade and compost between the cornstarch and lotus plant-based bioplastic were the same and had no difference at all.
The researchers’ study, “Durability and Decomposing Ability of Cornstarch and Lotus Plant-based Bioplastic” has no significant difference at all in their durability property and their ability to biodegrade and to compost.
The researchers’ recommend that future studies explore the different ways in improving the chemical stability and thermal stability of bioplastics and lessening the energy used to produce bioplastics, especially since the fossil fuel input to produce the said bioplastic is greater than the equivalent in petrochemical-based plastic.
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