Plastics are derived from crude oil, and thus inherently incorporate carbon. In addition, plastics pose significant disposal problems and other post-life management challenges.
Compared to oil-based plastics, bioplastics have a lower carbon footprint as they are derived from renewable and bio resources. In addition, some of them are biodegradable. Bioplastics are thus both a low carbon and low pollution alternative.
About 2.5 million tons of bioplastics are produced every year, with about 50% of it being biodegradable bioplastics. Bioplastics currently however constitute a small percentage of the 350 million tons per year plastics market, but the 2020-2030 period could see significant growth in this sector.
Biodegradable plastics are dominated by PLA, which is produced from sources such as corn. Starch-based bioplastics (PHA and PHB) are the other prominent biodegradable bioplastics category. Durable bioplastics come in the form of BioPET, BioPE, Bio-polyurethane and bio-based polyamide (nylon).
Technologies are emerging to make bioplastics perform as well as their equivalent fossil plastic counterparts. However, two challenges remain: One, the standards and benchmarks for bioplastics are still evolving and the end user segment is thus not fully confident of using bioplastics for many large-applications. Two, the cost of many bioplastic resins are much higher than their comparable or equivalent conventional plastic resins (about 3x in 2020).
For the 2020-2030 period, innovations in bioplastics and biopolymers can expected around bio-based plastics for enhancing the performance of many types of biodegradable bioplastics, industrial bioplastics & biopolymers, a focus on bio-PET & bio-based foodware, biodegradable polymer additives, and enhancing the recycling infrastructure for bioplastics.
Polymers produced with this technique are primarily utilized in the foodservice industry, but other applications include adhesives, foaming agents, coverings, dielectric materials, bindings in the biomedical industry, and as matrix materials in the creation of hybrids.
Date : 2021-12-06
Source : AZO Nano
Country : 247
Finnish packaging company Stora Enso has launched a portfolio of bio-based packaging foam products for climate-friendly package cushioning and insulation.
Date : 2021-12-01
Source : Packaging Gateway
Country : 72
As biological innovation meets downstream demand, a new wave of the Bio Revolution in chemicals and materials is unfolding—with enormous potential impact.
Date : 2021-11-18
Source : Mckinsey
Country : 247
Much of this discarded resource ends up in landfill, emitting harmful greenhouse gases, including methane. bio-bean work with the biggest companies across the UK to transform these spent coffee grounds into value at an industrial scale, giving new life to a material previously considered waste, and contributing to a circular economy.
Date : 2021-09-06
Source : Private Equity Wire
Country : 231
Lignin is also abundant enough to replace that source. This has exciting sustainability possibilities, aligned to Europe’s efficiency goals.
Date : 2021-07-31
Source : Cordis Europa
Country : 253
The new Sustainable Materials division will benefit from Faurecia’s leading market positions in automotive interiors and seating and its unique portfolios in materials with ultra-low and negative CO2 emissions, as well as those integrating thermal, acoustic and bio-medical technologies.
Date : 2021-07-27
Source : Innovation in Textiles
Country : 73
Origin Materials has developed technology which turns sustainable wood residues into cost-advantaged, carbon-negative materials that reduce the need for fossil resources.
Date : 2021-06-19
Source : Green Car Congress
Country : 232
Bio-naphtha is a byproduct of hydrotreated vegetable oil production and is also called renewable diesel. Neste uses used cooking oil and palm oil as raw materials in this production.
Date : 2021-04-22
Source : Argus Media
Country : 117
The advanced automotive materials include a drop-in ready specialty polyamide, a polymer which is extraordinarily stiff, tough, and resistant to heat, corrosion, and high voltage for use in automotive engine applications.
Date : 2021-04-20
Source : Business Wire
Country : 232
Newlight Technologies created AirCarbon – a certified carbon negative material that actually captures more greenhouse gas emissions than it emits into the atmosphere.
Date : 2021-03-14
Source : Green Queen
Country : 232