Plastics from plants

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It is difficult to believe but some plastics can be made using ingredients obtained from plants.

Most plastic is made at the moment using ingredients from crude oil taken out of the ground. This type of oil is a fossil fuel. It is a non-renewable resource and will eventually run out.

Plants are a renewable resource. They keep growing year after year and won't run out, so using plants to make plastics can be better. Although some people say that growing plants for plastics mean there is less land available to grow food for people.

Sometimes the seed used to make oil for plastic is not a high enough quality to make food. What do you think about growing plants to make plastic?

Find out what our scientist thinks.