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Provides environmental benefits with minimal environmental impacts
13 billion hectares = 100%
4.8 billion hectares = 37%
3.3 billion hectares = 68%
1.4 billion hectares = 29%
1.24 billion hectares = 26%
106 million hectares = 2%
2019: 0.79 million hectares = 0.016%
2024: 1 million hectares = 0.021%
53 million hectares = 1%
Bioplastic feedstocks are generally divided into first generation (traditional agricultural crops), second generation (cellulosic crops as well as residue and waste products), and third generation (non-traditional organisms like algae). However it is the feedstock's impacts on our planet and its people that matter, not its "generation" classification. BFA is feedstock and technology neutral, but has set criteria for evaluating the environmental and social impacts of feedstocks.
A Note on Waste Residue:
Utilizing agriculture and forest residues, which are by-products of existing production, offers a potential opportunity to reduce the environmental and social impacts of bioplastic production. However, in using waste residue there must be assurance that the waste is truly waste, and not being displaced from another use. (The BFA recommends the RSB methodology for determining wastes and residue, Advanced Products Standard).