April 4, 2023
Bioplastic packaging made from renewable sources is a high-interest option in the broad market of sustainability.
This subsegment of sustainable packaging is multiplied in efficiency when the bioplastics are made from food waste, potentially turning the latter from a landfill-bound end-of-life to a high-value ingredient for new packaging.
That’s an impressive double win for the environment.
We’ve collected the best and most interesting packaging-centered content from sister publication PlasticsToday’s active and highly popular bioplastic stream from March in this compilation that emphasizes food and beverage packaging and using food waste.
Let’s start with a snapshot of the overall bioplastic market, which is forecast to reach $27.3 billion by 2027 at a bullish 18.9% CAGR.
Dramatic win-wins when food waste is turned into bioplastic packaging.
Edible packaging has for years through today been pitched as a sustainable packaging option because it reduces plastic and packaging waste.
Mexican chemical engineering company creates bioplastics made from avocado pits that reportedly completely biodegrade in 240 days.
Here's a twist on cellulose, which is gaining momentum as a viable biopolymer. Pectocellulosic bioplastic from fruit processing waste that's robust, biodegradable, and recyclable.
Bioplastics International earns a US patent pending for the world's first sugar cane polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH). PVOH is of keen interest due to its superior biodegradable properties in water that may help address the problem of ocean plastics.
DIY composting is all the rage at the grass roots level, but what if general organic waste could be converted into renewable polymers? Startup company Genecis Bioindustries uses specialized bacteria to convert organic waste into bioplastics.
Mom always told us to “eat carrots because they’re good for your eyes” and now it turns out that they’re a good resource for biodegradable biopolymers. The key ingredient, a carotenoid-sourced compound, is "tunable": the material can be selectively broken down with acid and sunlight.
Car parts from food waste, recyclable bio-based polyamides, and an award-winning biopolymer cup.
Scientists create bioplastic car parts from lemons, corn, almonds, and pomegranates that are better than traditional parts.
Easily recycled bio-based polyamides are useful for monolayer packaging.
Better For All bioplastic cup made with Kaneka Green Planet’s proprietary PHBH resin wins Nexty Award at the Natural Products Expo. The proprietary resin is made using a unique fermentation process.
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