Instead of producing polymers synthetically, take what nature has already produced: A special technology can be used to extract biopolymers from agricultural residues - making them not only naturally degradable, but even edible.
DATA & FACTS
Waste products, e.g. corn starch
Plastic alternative made from waste from the agricultural industry
Prototypes expected in 2022
Finding plastic alternatives that are environmentally, practically and economically viable is arguably one of the biggest challenges today - and a way now seems to have been found: a robust material has been developed with the same properties as conventional plastics, but with natural degradability in as little as 2 and 9 weeks, depending on the conditions and thickness of the plastic.
From nature for nature
The secret lies in the material's natural ingredients: unlike many bioplastics, it is based on natural polymers - i.e. those produced by nature itself, which microorganisms therefore know how to break down effectively. A new, patented technology makes it possible to extract these biopolymers from waste products of the agricultural industry, process them into liquid or solid form, and then produce a plastic granulate. The alternative to conventional as well as bioplastics is suitable for further processing into a flexible film, hard plastic alternative or ultra-thin coating. By further being colored, printed, injection molded and extruded, the plastic granules are suitable for a range of product applications from packaging and disposables to paper and board coatings or adhesive solutions.