Bio plastic & disposables

Bio Plastic Operation Boost
Bio Plastic Operation Boost

Every year, more than 250 billion pounds of plastic are produced worldwide. Much of it ends up in the world’s oceans, a fact that troubles us all. But there is an answer.  Bioplastics are making inroads into new markets and are an important area to watch for the future of the plastics industry.

Bio-plastics are classified by various ways but the most common bio-plastic is PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) which remains as a carbon and/or energy storage material in various microorganisms under the condition of deficient nutritional elements. Bio-plastics are biodegradable and have many applications to the society and industries.

Biodegradable packaging is already manufactured by various companies in European countries and making its way to the United States. These packages are used to store and ship food, liquids and electronics. When they make their way to the landfill or compost heap, they are eaten by bacteria who in turn leave a source or organic fertilizer that is good for the environment, pets and humans. As far as the developments are now it takes two to ten years  for the bioplastics  to biodegrade. It depends on the density of the plastic, and the amount of microbial activity in the landfill soil.

Operation Boost  is looking for possibilities to combine this green innovation with fair trade in third world countries.  We are specifically searching for opportunities that do not affect the food-production chain. Operation Boost is researching the  following possibilities:

Bio plastic from Corn starch and Potato starch

Processes: Injection moulding, vacuum moulding and extrusion.
Applications: Packaging and disposables
Advantages: Easily compostable, extremely suitable for hot drinks due to high temperature resistance. Extremely suitable for cutlery due to their stiffness.
Disadvantages: Limited print-design options.

Paper production from Sugar cane

Processes: Paper production.
Applications: Disposables.
Advantages: Created from waste from sugar-cane production. They do not affect the food-production chain. The material is easily printable and has a sleek design. The material is also resistant to high temperatures.
Disadvantages: Limited applications – only suitable for cups.

Durables from Bamboo & rice waste

Processes: Thermoforming.
Applications: Durables.
Advantages: These materials have a high-quality look and feel, are very robust, are biodegradable and are made from the waste products of bamboo and rice. They do not affect the food-production chain
Disadvantages: Not microwave-proof.

Polylactic Acid (PLA) based on sugar cane or corn

Processes: Injection moulding, vacuum moulding and extrusion.
Applications: Disposables, packaging and durables.
Advantages: The material is particularly suitable for transparent packaging and disposables, such as cups, boxes and dishes.
Disadvantages: When transparent, the material is not suitable for hot drinks or hot food

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