Saturday, January 15, 2011

EcoProducts-Corn Utensil 2

Corn utensils are not 100% better than plastics utensils. Corn utensils are not reusable like plastics. It will need to be disposable after use. It is not really perfect in the decomposition of the corn utensils. Commercial Composters use microbes to decompose this organic material. The method of this composter can cause problems because it breaks down into lactic acid which is wetter and more acidic. In order to further break down, it will require more oxygen for the microbes to consume. Commercial Facilities would have trouble providing enough oxygen. Since this corn is not consumed, the growing of this corn is usually made from genetically modified corn and not organic. This will raise the concern of genetic modification issue.

Who and where is the supply of corn. Beside food supply, corn is used for an alternative source of fuel. By using corn for utensils and other replacement of plastics, the corn food supply will be diverted. A careful planning and production of the porn will need a progressive pipeline to minimize price impact and jobs.

Lastly is the demand of corn utensils. As there is little economy of scale as compared to plastic utensils, the price of corn utensils are generally higher to produce than plastic utensils. Comparing a corn utensil and a plastic utensil in a supermarket, the consumer will see that plastic utensils are cheaper and traditionally usable, thus reliable. Typical consumers will not know the importance of saving the world as compared to the dollars and cents to pay. In order for this to work, the world consumers need to be educated about ecoproducts and the impact. The government needs to step in to enforce with laws and funding to promote this industry to realize. New technology and manufacturing method will help to reduce the cost as well as usability of this material in other areas.

Let’s spread more good news about such eco friendly products around the world. It starts with you at this moment you are reading this article. Share with your peers and support eco friendly products to save our world and for our future generations to go.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

EcoProducts-Corn Utensil

Corn utensil is a good eco friendly product as an alternative to plastic utensils. Just the word corn and plastic itself makes a difference in the environment. Utensil such as cup and spoon is a small and thin molded product. This little utensil is used everyday by mass consumers global. As this product is cheap for the consumer, plastic utensils are sold in huge quantities. Furthermore this is usually a disposable product due to hygiene reason. As a result, tons of plastic utensils are dump everyday. I use the word tons on a very light product. Imagine how many millions or countless of light weight plastic utensils are throw everyday. It will equate to a lot of burning of these waste plastic and cause pollution to your environment. 

Let’s hope the world is not too late to realize this grave mistake that we have been doing these many years of earth damage. Corn material comes from corn starch and this is a bio-material which is renewable. Bury it in the earth and it decomposes back to carbon dioxide and water. This same material will be taking in by corn plants and reproduce into corn utensils again. This process may take about 1 year. For plastic utensils to be buried to the soil, the decomposition process could take almost forever. Being unable to “disappear” it means more landfill space. Land space means space of development. Often in real world, the waste is disposed in third world countries from developed countries. In third world countries, disposal of waste is not controlled and often ends up in human populated areas or in the nature world. This uncontrolled method of disposal will created a worst pollution scenario. Soil and water will be poisoned. People and animals will drink from this water source and get poisoned. Crop and farms will also get poisoned. Where the world food does comes from? The world will be eating the poisoned food. This is a vicious cycle.

If disposed into incinerator, it does not produce toxic fumes when burnt. When served with food or drinks, plastic utensils might leech the serving but for corn utensils, there is no chemical leech. Naturally corn does not withstand heat, good to say technology has advanced and improve heat resistant of the corn utensils up to 120F.