Biobased plastics (also called plant-derived) are made from a renewable resource such as corn starch. Polylactic Acid or PLA, is a commonly recognized bioplastic. PLA is made by fermenting the dextrose from a hydrolysis of corn starch. The product of this fermentation process, lactic acid, becomes the basic building block for polylactide plastics which can be digested by the microorganisms found in commercial compost facilities.

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