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Producing polymers using biological resources such as plant sugars can have environmental advantages over fossil based polymers. Plant based plastics often have a lower carbon footprint than traditional fossil alternatives and some are readily degraded through natural processes. Researchers and product designers have tried to design polymers for products which are effective for their intended purposes but can also be treated sustainably at end-of-life through degradation processes such as Composting. Mechanical recycling usually has a lower carbon footprint than composting however, compostable plastics are preferrable for specific usages - such as food packaging - where separation of different waste streams is challenging.
ADBioplastics has developed single-use plastic packaging for extra virgin olive oil which can be treated...
Other News this Month Includes:
- RSC launches roadmap to make sustainable polymer in liquid formulations
- SunCoal Industries acquired by UPM Biochemicals
- Under Armour agrees deal for Hemp Black
Research & Development
- How Thermoplastic Starch Enhances Polylactic acid Biodegradation in Compost
- Biorenewable and circular polydiketoenamine plastics
- Origin Materials and Terphane Partner to make sustainable, Packaging
- Conagen and Sumitomo chemical develop renewable polymers
- Braskem and SCG Chemicals partner for bio-based Ethylene project in Thailand
- Production of biobased succinic acid from organic waste
- ADBioplastics and Borges International Group develop compostable packaging for oils
- Parkside and New Forest Fruit Company collaborate for compostable packet solution