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.

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