10th International Conference on Bio-bases Marerials – Köln, Germany- May 10-11, 2017
Recyclability and compostability are paramount for this volume to participate to a circular economy rather than end-up in landfills or the seas.
A 50/50 JV with Total, PLA BV started on March 2, 2017 and owns the PLA plant Corbion had started to build in Thailand and which will be fully commissioned end of 2018. PLA is commercially available from the JV which is sourcing it from other producers (most likely partly from Total demo plant in Belgium although this was not specifically mentioned by the speaker).
Focus applications cited are: single use coffee cups and 70% bio-based coffee capsules. PLA has reportedly enough aroma and oxygen barrier for the application. And the advantage is the compost-ability of both content and container.
Question I raised : What about end of life? Has the JV an edge in PLA recyclability following Total work on the matter when they operated a JV with Galactica in Belgium? Answer given: this specific knowledge belonging to Total is available to the JV and it will benefit from this past work to participate to mechanical recycling initiatives when volumes warrant it after a proper separation of PLA items from the PET flow with which it cannot be mixed.
- What are Bioplastics and Biopolymers?
- Bioplastics Brands
- Bioplastics Awards
- What is the Difference Between Biodegradable, Compostable and OXO Degradable?
- The History and Most Important Innovations of Bioplastics
- What are Drop-In Bioplastics?
- History of Cellophane
- The History of Elephant Grass Bioplastics
- Bioplastics Companies
- Top Bioplastics Producers
- Polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA)
- What is Bio-BDO?
- McDonalds and the Polystyrene Connections
- The Future of Polystyrene
- Bioplastic Feedstock 1st, 2nd and 3rd Generations
- Palm Oil and The Bioplastics Industry