Made from renewable resources, bio-based packaging helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Organic sourced plastics are made from renewable materials such as biomass. They are made from starch (corn, potatoes, wheat, cassava, rice), sugar (sugar cane or sugar beet), vegetable oils (castor oil, etc.) or cellulose (wood, cotton, etc.), among others. What differentiates them from conventional plastics of fossil origin made from petroleum that take millions of years to form.
An organic sourced plastic packaging can in fact be 100% or partially organic sourced, and may or may not be biodegradable. What is biodegradable packaging? They are packaging with the ability to decompose naturally under the action of micro-organisms. As a result, packaging can be organic-sourced and non-biodegradable just as packaging can be biodegradable but not necessarily bio-sourced, i.e. made of renewable materials.