THEGREENING OF ‘GREEN’ TECHNOLOGY: ADOPTION OF BIO-PLASTIC PLA

Abstract: Growing concerns over the impact of rising commodity prices on the global food system has led to a vigorous public debate over the use of plant materials as fuel alternatives. Despite this controversy, several bio-based technologies are being promoted as sustainable materials. This paper examines one such technology - Bio-plastics Polylactic Acid - that is being adopted at a rate that is higher than convention plastics, although energy efficient this technology is still not cost effective. High adoption is most likely driven by disincentives created by end-use packaging legislations and also shortterm concerns for the environment. Two important log-term concerns that are highlighted are divergence between technical and economic superiority and market failure. Thus the main drivers of adoption in the long-run are expected to be declining production cost, environmental legislation concerning waste disposal and composting, and consumer attitudes towards environmental impact.


Issue Date:
2010
Publication Type:
Conference Paper/ Presentation
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/187976
Total Pages:
34




 Record created 2017-04-01, last modified 2017-08-28

Fulltext:
Download fulltext
PDF

Rate this document:

Rate this document:
1
2
3
 
(Not yet reviewed)