Topic -Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation
5) What are Bioplastics? Briefly explain the different variants of Bioplastics being used and promoted? Critically examine the impact of Bioplastics on the environment?(250 words)
Why this question
Plastics are being talked about again, thanks to the United Nations Environment Programme’s #beatplasticpollution campaign, backed in turn by a growing chorus worldwide against the material in its many avatars. Bioplastics at this stage are being proposed as a safe alternative to plastics, and examining whether this assertion is true is critical to how we deal with plastics in the future. Hence this question.
Key demand of the question
The question is fairly straightforward in its demands. We just need to mention some alternatives to the use of Bioplastics if we are taking a stand that using Bioplastics is not good for the environment.
Critically examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic, get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, all you need to do is look at the good and bad of something and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Highlight the anti plastic campaign in India which is gaining steam as world environment day approaches. Mention that plastics are one of the most stubborn pollutants and thus several alternatives have come up.
- Define Bioplastics and also discuss the features of different forms of Bioplastics being used and promoted
- Thereafter, examine whether Bioplastics provide an environmentally safer alternative to plastics or whether they lead to several other issues which exacerbate the problem
- Discuss some of the alternatives to the use of Bioplastics like composting, behavioural changes etc
Conclusion – present your view on whether or not the use of Bioplastics should be promoted.