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.

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