Our Vision is to
Create a Society that is Regenerative by Design, using
Natural Materials at their Highest Value that
Enable a Truly Circular Economy
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
Vegetable Oils: soy, palm, sunflower, castor, rapeseed oil, etc.
Starch: corn, wheat, potatoes, tapioca, etc. Glucose: sugar cane, beets, etc.
Biomass from Lignocellulose: wood, by-products or waste from agriculture or the timber industry (bagasse, straw, etc.)
Solid Waste: organic waste, sewage, etc.
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.
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, 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.