So what are bioplastics?
The European Bioplastics Association defines bioplastics as being biobased, biodegradable or both. And PLA bioplastics are the only commercially available bioplastics that are both biobased and biodegradable!
What are biobased plastics?
These plastics are made from biobased, renewable materials like corn, sugarcane and cassava. These feedstocks are often referred to as biomass. Biobased plastics can be used for almost any application, from molded parts and fibers, to foam & film. Plastics in this category include PLA, Bio PET, Bio PA and Bio PE. They enable products that have a reduced carbon footprint and a high biobased content.
What are biodegradable/compostable plastics?
Biodegradable plastics are those which biodegrade in natural environments leaving behind biomass, CO2 and water. They are sometimes made from traditional fossil fuels (such as PBAT) though can also be made from biomass (such as PLA). PLA meets the widely recognized European compostability standard EN13432.
NOTE: Oxo degradable plastics are made from traditional fossil fuels and include an additive that makes the plastic degrade under UV sunlight. They fragment into micro-plastic pieces and conclusive evidence has yet to be presented that these fragments fully biodegrade. Not surprisingly, many believe these oxo plastics are worse for the environment than traditional plastics. So oxo degradable plastics should not be confused with bioplastics. Recently, three manufacturers of oxo degradable plastics took exception to a proposed multi-client study by OWS to investigate whether or not oxo degradable plastics are indeed biodegradable. (See http://www.plasticstoday.com/articles/three-manufacturers-of-oxo-degradable-plastics-take-exception-to-projected-OWS-study-140922)
Product not available in your region
This product is not available in the selected region.
If you want this product in your region, or find a suitable alternative, please contact us,
Corbion and Kraton receive first European certification for biobased products
Corbion and Kraton received the first European certification for their biobased products - a key
Total and Corbion form a Joint Venture in bioplastics
Paris/Amsterdam, November 16, 2016 - Total and Corbion are joining forces to develop bioplastics by
Corbion starts construction of 75kTpa PLA bioplastics plant
The ground breaking ceremony which took place on November 9th, 2016 marked the official start
Plastic Pouches 2017
Vienna, Austria | Hear us speak at the international conference and exhibition exploring the latest market, technical and
PET Value Chain Conference 2017
Berlin, Germany | Hear us speak at the PET Value Chain conference in Berlin. The conference will reveal
Plant Based Summit 2017
Lille, France | Hear Stephan Roest talk about biobased FDCA for PEF in packaging applications at Plant Based