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Create a Society that is Regenerative by Design, using
Natural Materials at their Highest Value that
Enable a Truly Circular Economy

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to find the best sustainable material for your product

Bioplastics: An Overview

Almost every conventional plastic can be replaced by a bioplastic. But biobased does not always mean biodegradable bioplastic. Learn more.

The Circular Benefits of Bioplastics

As a renewable, local resource, bioplastics help to tackle climate change! Here is how they help to close the loop.

Best Bioplastic Gift Ideas

Surprise your friends and family and do something good for our planet: our favourite bioplastic gift ideas!

Bioplastics in a Circular Economy




Closing the Loop

Bioplastics are made from biomass, such as green waste from a local farm, directly as a material, or indirectly as energy. The other way round, biomass can be made from degradable bioplastics even if it is contaminated with food and the circle continues.

Technically, it is possible to replace 85 % of every conventional plastic material with a bioplastic alternative. This would reduce green house gas (GHG) emissions and accelerate the transition towards a circular economy.

Sources of Bioplastics

1. Generation​

Vegetable Oils: soy, palm, sunflower, castor, rapeseed oil, etc.
Starch: corn, wheat, potatoes, tapioca, etc. Glucose: sugar cane, beets, etc.

2. Generation​

Biomass from Lignocellulose: wood, by-products or waste from agriculture or the timber industry (bagasse, straw, etc.)
Solid Waste: organic waste, sewage, etc.

3. Generation

Microorganisms: microalgae, bacteria, fungi, yeast, etc.

Bio-based polymers are made from renewable resources, including agricultural food-crops. However, only 0.015 % of the agricultural land world-wide are currently used to produce bioplastics. Also, to avoid food crops in the first place, the bioplastics industry is tapping alternative renewable resources such as cellulose and algae or organic waste (2nd and 3rd generation). The use of these bioplastic ressources grows much faster than the use of food crops, which holds great promise to substitute petrochemical plastics in a meaningful way.

 

Environmental Impact



Recycling of Biomaterials

Bio-based or partially bio-based PE, PET, PP, PVC and biobased nylons, possess properties that are identical to traditional plastics. These bioplastics are called drop-in bioplastics and are technically equivalent to their fossil counterparts; yet, they help to reduce a product’s carbon footprint. These biobased versions will then be able to be recycled in the same way as traditional materials using the existing infrastructure and without affecting the quality of the recycled plastic. 

 

New Biomaterials

New biomaterials, such as PLA, PHA, Cellulose or starch-based materials offer solutions with completely new functionalities, such as compostability and in some cases optimised barrier properties. Along with the growth in variety of bioplastic materials, properties, such as flexibility, durability, printability, transperency, barrier, heat resistence, gloss and many more have been significantly enhanced.

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.

To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”

(Buckminster Fuller)

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