We strongly believe in making the world a better place through the reduction of waste volumes, recycling materials into building blocks for new products and finally applying the End-of-Life option by composting into a good fertiliser for plants. We are dedicated to product development, innovation to reduce carbon footprint in production, high product performance and small and bulk order capacity. Our products meet the most demanding standards and sustainability requirements and provide the optimum balance between price and performance
Our aim is to replace all fossil oil based products for foodservice and food packaging, horticulture mulch film and plant pots by products made of 100 % biobased building blocks such as PLA made from plants and bagasse made from sugarcane rests.
We work together with packaging designers, raw material suppliers, selected production units, consumers, event - and festival organisers, agriculture and horticulture organisations, public administration, material recycling companies, composting facilities and waste processors. Our combined efforts allow us to provide all stakeholders with the best possible strategy to face their challenges.
PLA ( Poly Lactic Acid ) is a biobased and biodegradable thermoplastic , not made from traditional fossil fuels but based on lactic acid, produced by fermentation of sugar or biomass like corn starch. It degrades in natural environments leaving behind biomass, CO2 and water. PLA meets the widely recognized European compostability standard EN13432.
PLA is not only made from renewable feedstocks, but it also uses less non-renewable energy in production than oil based plastics.
A Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) for a typical fossil oil based plastic reveals CO2 emissions many times higher than those for PLA.
There are several end-of-life options available on the market like mechanical recycling, chemical recycling or composting.
Sugarcane is a non-food renewable resource, yielding new harvests annually. Bagasse is the name for the plant fiber that remains after sugar producers process the sugarcane stalk. Historically, bagasse waste has been burned in the fields, and thereby creating pollution. Now, bagasse is used to manufacture eco friendly food service products replacing traditional paper. It can be used with hot and cold foods. Bagasse items are microwave and refrigerator safe.
It is certified compostable and biodegradable. Sugarcane products normally biodegrade within 90 days. The rate of decomposition depends on the composting conditions – the temperature, turnover rate, moisture etc. Generally, they will biodegrade much faster, if they are broken into smaller pieces. So, bagasse products are an environmentally sustainable solution for food service and packaging disposables.
Biopolyethylene is polyethylene made out of ethanol, which becomes ethylene after a dehydration process. It can be made from various renewable raw materials including sugar cane, sugar beet and wheat grain.
The bio-ethylene monomer can then be used in traditional polyethylene polymerization processes to make the various grades of PE (HDPE, LDPE, LLDPE).
The final product properties are identical to those of conventional polyethylene and is recyclable in the same chain established for conventional PE.
Bio-PE is a polyethylene recyclable in the same chain used for recycling traditional polyethylene from fossil source. It is not biodegradable, so the CO2 captured by the product remains fixed throughout the life cycle of the plastic.
Participation in BioBase4SME boot camp at York University-UK, co-financed by North West Europe Programme, 23rd - 29th July 2017: pitching our biobased products and BIOPLA brand.
During our BIOPLA-Afternoon we had an audience of purchasing managers and key decesion makers in local, regional and governmental organizations, Prime festivals and event locations. Educational institutions, catering and waste-processing companies. Our guest speakers spoke about bio-polymers, waste reduction, recycling and composting.
Karine Van Doorsselaer (Antwerp University, Bio-Polymers) ,
Ady Jager (Natureworks, Reducing the environmental footprint) ,
Steven Schuitema (FKuR, Customized solutions for Bio-Plastics) ,
Lore Marien, Katrien Vercammen (Ovam, GFT processing and sustainable events) ,
Steve Dejonghe (Looplife Polymers, Recycling Bio-Polymers) ,
Dirk Verbruggen (Ecowerf, Collecting and composting biobased materials)
Boundless biobased entrepreneurship Biobased Delta supports and stimulates the green minded south-western Netherlands region and its biobased economy. This foundation organises every year a Biobased Business Development Day for entrepreneurs. BIOPLA attended the 2017 edition on the 23th of November in Terneuzen. Flanders Biobased Valley and Biobased Delta created a network event attracting 200 Dutch and Flemish enthusiasts. BIOPLA presented their products at the project market, got inspired by the speakers and met other interesting entrepreneurs at the network reception. The main goal of this event was crossing borders: expanding contacts and exchanging ideas with our Dutch neighbours and Flemish colleagues. BIOPLA has been able to meet Flemish and Dutch potentials in the biobased business. Overall a successful day of networking!
On the 5th of March 2018, BIOPLA attended a one-day international seminar organised by the Faculty of Design Sciences, UAntwerp. Topic of the day? Plastic interior objects and its conservation. The two morning seminars were dedicated to the history of plastic in design, and the plastic heritage in Belgium. After the lunch break we talked about plastic design in a circular economy. The big challenge in the plastic future is to get inventive with new materials. Some interesting speakers talked about how their company is experimenting with next generation polymers. We discussed how we could innovate in heritage and design in times of a circular economy. In between the seminars there was a coffee break where students, professors and professionals mingled. BIOPLA had an infostand where people could get inspired by our mission and products. The students of the faculty Design Sciences were very interested in our used material. We ended the day with a nice network reception, and went home with new knowledge.
BIOPLA attended the 10th edition of the big dutch event fair EventSummit in RAI Amsterdam. On the 15th of February the BIOPLA crew crossed borders and personalised their stand at the event fair. We shook hands with several event planners and colleague exhibitors. Our stand received great interest from green minded visitors and we were happy to spread our BIOPLA message. The fair was well put together and we would like to thank the organisation of RAI Amsterdam for the smooth cooperation. The first thing that stroke us entering the hall, were the beautiful flower arrangements and the huge helicopter. The big fountain on top of the bar was a nice touch. Everything was event-themed, even the bathroom attendants!
BIOPLA succeeded in creating new contacts and enjoyed the fancy food trucks and coffee bars.
The BIOPLA crew was present at the official inauguration of the Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant in Gent. A pilot facility for the development of the biobased economy. The congress was held in the brand new blue production hall. We enjoyed an afternoon with interesting speakers active in the sector. But also Flemish Minister for Work, Economy, Innovation and Sports, Philippe Muyters speeched about Flanders on the road to a sustainable economy.
In between coffee breaks, there was a creative wrap up of the program by a professional puppeteer. The inauguration happened at the end of the afternoon with a great show, inclusive confetti. And of course, no networking event can end without a reception where old and new faces meet (again). Whoever liked, could participate at the guided tours of the facilities to explore the new pilot plant.
Festivak is the trade fair for the organization of events. BIOPLA presented its products to this industry.