Can we produce packaging that isn't going to seriously harm the environment?
The answer may lie with bioplastics but, there is a great deal of confusion about what alternatives there are. Unlike conventional plastics that are made from petroleum, bioplastics are made from plants or other biological material. But it's worth having a good look at the different types - as some have greener credentials than others.
Elspeth MacRae is the Chief Innovation & Science Officer at the New Zealand Forest Research Institute (Scion), the Crown Research Institute for forestry, wood and biomaterial products.