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.
Resin supplier Eastman collaborates with NB Coatings to offer sustainable automotive plastic. Sourced from sustainably managed forests, Trēva engineering plastic has bio-based content of 42–46 percent as well as chemically-recycled content.
A program developed by Engineering Training Services Inc. (Bloomfield Hills, MI) that is being offered at Michigan State University promises to “empower engineers with the knowledge necessary to create environmentally friendly, sustainable and...
Cambridge Consultants (Cambridge, England) sees a great opportunity for polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) bioplastics in convenience food packaging—Catherine Joce, sustainability and circular economy lead, explains why.