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There seems to be a campaign against oxo-biodegradable plastics promoted by the bioplastics industry, according to Michael Stephen, Chairman of the Oxo-biodegradable Plastics Association. He was disinvited to an upcoming conference because of his...
Fraunhofer’s process represents an economically and environmentally sustainable recycling strategy capable of nearly completely depolymerizing the PLA substrate in a short period of time and under mild ambient conditions.
UK researchers have shown that a chemical process using a zinc-based catalyst and methanol can break down consumer plastics and produce a biodegradable solvent with applications in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.
Symbio fiber from South Africa’s Sappi has been selected for the European Biobcompo project, which aims to reduce vehicle CO2 emissions by 8% through the replacement of conventional mineral fillers with bio-based fibers.
With a global production of 2.11 million tons in 2019, bioplastics represent a small fraction of the more than 359 million tons of plastic produced annually and only constitute 0.02% of all packaging-related patents.
Two groups of materials are called bioplastics, although they are not necessarily identical: There are biodegradable plastics that can be composted, and biobased plastics that are made of renewable resources but are not biodegradable.