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What is PLA bioplastic?

Polylactic acid (PLA): the environmentally responsible plastic What is PLA bioplastic? Polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA) is a polyester derived from renewable biomass, typically from fermented plant starch, such as corn, cassava, sugarcane, or sugar beet pulp. How is PLA produced? PLA is a polyester (polymer containing the ester group) made with two possible monomers or building blocks: lactic acid, and lactide. Lactic acid can be produced by the bacterial fermentation of a carbohydrate source under controlled conditions. In the ...
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Revisiting eco-materials

So many different plant-based products are floating around the market. But how do you know what you’re actually using, and why you should use one over the other? Here we provide brief profiles for several common materials, so you can understand what you’re buying. Sugarcane bagasse/pulp Sugarcane bagasse is the dry fibrous residue left over once sugarcane stalks are crushed and the juice extracted for sugar manufacturing. Because the fibres are already crushed, we need less energy to make products ...
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Why BioPak must cooperate on innovation

BioPak’s chief executive Gary Smith says that a willingness to consider the broader costs of packaging, not just immediate monetary costs, can support innovation in fresh produce packaging. Experimentation and innovation BioPak’s mission to create sustainable, environmentally friendly packaging is driven by innovation and experimentation – but, as Smith says, the success of this goal is a collaborative effort. While the company may love developing new solutions, without the support of retailers, packers, and producers, the industry will not be ...
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