Corbion Purac
Shaping the future of biobased plastics

The term 'bioplastics' covers a broad range of polymers that each have different attributes with regard to their impact on the environment. At Corbion Purac, we believe that bioplastics should be made from renewable, sustainable resources, which can then be recycled in a closed loop system.

 

The following categories demonstrate our view on the different types of bioplastics available today:

 

1) Biobased: both compostable/biodegradable and non-

compostable/biodegradable

These plastics are made from biobased, renewable resources and can be either biodegradable/compostable or non-compostable and recyclable.

                They can be used for almost any application, such as molded parts, fibers,

                foam & film. Plastics in this category: PLA, PHA,  Bio PA & high heat PLA.

 

2) Made from fossil fuels: compostable

Contrary to popular belief, some plastics labelled as 'bioplastics' are actually made from fossil fuels. They are, however, compostable, which grants them their 'bio' status. Plastics in this category include PBAT.

 

3) Made from fossil fuels: oxo-degradable

These plastics are not only made from fossil fuels, but they fragment into micro-plastic pieces which cannot further degrade. These plastics are said to be worse for the environment than traditional plastics and even do

                'more ecological harm than good'1.

 

1 Pearce, F. (18th June, 2009). Biodegradable plastic bags carry more ecological harm than good. In The Guardian. Retrieved from:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/cif-green/2009/jun/18/greenwash-biodegradeable-plastic-bags

 

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Corbion Purac is a leading company in food preservation, biobased chemicals and biobased monomers for PLA. It is the worldwide market leader in lactic acid, lactic acid derivatives and lactides.