List of all the bioplastic sections available in Bioplastics.Guide –
- Bioplastics and its classification
- The term ‘bioplastics’ covers several groups of plastics – on the one hand are biobased plastics (made from renewable resources) and on the other hand biodegradable plastics.
Today the feedstock used to make bioplastics are predominantly from renewable food resources. However, the bioplastic industry is evolving in the use of non-food crops to produce bioplastics. Based on this, the feedstock used to make bioplastics are generally classified based on their generations – first, second and third.
- Biodegradable plastics
- Biodegradable plastics decomposes naturally in the environment. This is achieved when microorganisms in the environment metabolize and break down the structure of biodegradable plastic. The end result is one which is less harmful to the environment than traditional plastics.
- Non-Biodegradable plastics
- Plastics are generally comprised of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, etc. If the source of carbon is completely/partly from petrochemicals, then the plastic is said to be non-biodegradable. There are 100% biobased plastics like PLA, PHA as well as partially biobased plastics.
- Bioplastics and its end-use segments
- Bioplastics are being used in number of segments today. Each biopolymer can cater to a variety of end segments based on the desired properties of the end product to be made from the polymer. Today, advancements in the compounding of the biopolymer resin has opened doors to enhance the properties of biopolymers. For detailed information on end-use segments – mass production, innovations and future applications,
- End-life options for bioplastics
- Most of the bioplastics are mainly designed to be biodegradable, and some are designed to be compostable. These properties are important for the functionality of the end product and for its disposal. When considering the environmental impact of disposing of a bioplastic product, it is very important to know about the end life options of the bioplastics. For a whole range of end of life scenarios,
- Bioplastics – Markets and Trends
- The $30.8 billion bioplastics market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 14.8 percent from 2015 to 2020, according to reports. Major drivers for this growth include growing environmental concerns and the packaging sectors moving towards biodegradable plastics. It is vital to understand the differences caused in the drivers and challenges by geographical locations. For more details on the trends and market growth of bioplastics in various regions,
- Standards and Certifications available for Bioplastics
- Biodegradability and Composability are the key distinguishing properties of bioplastics and so one must have knowledge on the standards and certifications for biodegradable products that truly biodegrade and have no detrimental impact on composting, agriculture or soil. For detailed information on the global standards and certifications available for bioplastics,