Sponsored By

Bioplastic Breakthroughs and Applications in Food Packaging

The biopolymers market has a "foodie" flavor from sources that include food crops and food-processing byproducts used to make sustainable food packaging.

April 13, 2022

2 Min Read
Bioplastics2-PD-FoodPkg-1540x800.png

Can you believe that it's been eight years since The Coca-Cola Co. introduced the PlantBottle? That breakthrough, first-generation PlantBottle replaced one of the two base components of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with renewable materials made from sugar cane byproducts. 

Today, biopolymer advancements are progressing at breakneck speed, with a focus to make polymers from non-petroleum, sustainable resources. It's a movement that's accelerated as packaged brands, retailers, and other supply chain stakeholders execute sustainable packaging plans and goals aligned with carbon-footprint reduction and increased environmental health.

We take a snapshot look at the research and commercialization of renewable bioplastics for food packaging found to-date this year. These 10 developments found on Twitter include film windows made from sugar, compostable market acceptance in Europe, "smart" self-repairing polymers from plant-derived pectin, greener clamshell packaging for produce, a home-grown startup that taps corn's potential, protective edible coatings for produce, and more.

This report sets the stage of the global biopolymers market, which is forecast to expand at a 11.45% CAGR 2022-2026 with the APAC region dominating growth.

View post on Twitter

Research: self-repairing biopolymers from pectin.

View post on Twitter

100% compostable packaging’s film window is made from sugar.

View post on Twitter

Bavarian consumers like using compostable bags for fruit and vegetables.

View post on Twitter

Research: edible biopolymer coating can extend the shelf life of fruit and vegetables.

View post on Twitter

A grassroots effort making sustainable packaging using bioplastics from corn.

View post on Twitter

Greener greens: Grateful Greens Vermont's packaging relies on bioplastic and biodegradable materials.

View post on Twitter

More news on polymers from pectin, this time for biopolymer food packaging films.

View post on Twitter

Another food-waste byproduct used for bioplastics: fava beans in Africa.

View post on Twitter

Sugar-based plastics show a lot of promise.

View post on Twitter

For the final item and with a nod to the pioneering PlantBottle, we highlight the latest generation of sustainable beverage packaging that's a hybrid: Poto brand reusable water bottles made from bioplastic and 70% paper.

View post on Twitter

If you're interested in staying abreast of biopolymer developments, sister publication PlasticsToday offers a frequently updated stream of news in this market.

 

Sign up for the Packaging Digest News & Insights newsletter.

You May Also Like