Bioplastics represent a holistic pathway from a fossil-based cycle of products, to a renewable short life-cycle growth material that has unique and sometimes superior properties to conventional plastics. Bioplastics are not dependent on price movements in petroleum and act as a hedge against rising prices. They are technical plastics and can be 100% bio-based, or partially bio-based or blends. Even though some fossil-based polymers and plastics do biodegrade harmlessly, they are made to add functionality and process ability. These aliphatic polymers are not biobased (of plant origin) and do not contribute to energy reductions, or CO2 emissions.