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.
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.
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.
Antwerp University Bio-Polymers
Natureworks Reducing the environmental footprint
FKuR Customized solutions for Bio-Plastics
Ovam GFT processing and sustainable events
Looplife Polymers Recycling Bio-Polymers
Ecowerf Collecting and composting biobased materials