Biodegradable plastics from renewable sources

  title={Biodegradable plastics from renewable sources},
  author={Miroslav Flieger and Michaela Kantorov{\'a} and Ale{\vs} Prell and Tom{\'a}{\vs} Řezanka and Jaroslav Votruba},
  journal={Folia Microbiologica},
Plastic waste disposal is a huge ecotechnological problem and one of the approaches to solving this problem is the development of biodegradable plastics. This review summarizes data on their use, biodegradability, commercial reliability and production from renewable resources. Some commercially successful biodegradable plastics are based on chemical synthesis (i.e. polyglycolic acid, polylactic acid, polycaprolactone, and polyvinyl alcohol). Others are products of microbial fermentations (i.e… 
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