Chinese companies are slowly but steadily increasing their output of biodegradable plastics from agricultural sources such as corn and sugar cane. Illustration by Lau Ka-kuen

Chinese plastics makers are switching to biodegradable materials as Beijing stresses on pollution-free economic progress

  • The prospect of impending government regulations against single-use plastic packaging is causing companies to ramp up biodegradable plastic production
  • Biodegradable plastics made from agricultural sources such as corn and sugar cane are emerging as an alternative to traditional petroleum based products
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Chinese companies are slowly but steadily increasing their output of biodegradable plastics from agricultural sources such as corn and sugar cane. Illustration by Lau Ka-kuen
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Ryan Swift

Ryan Swift

Ryan Swift is a senior business reporter focused on wealth management, green business, the shipping industry and the gaming industry. He was chief editor of The Peak and Asia-Pacific Boating magazines.