What are the biobased alternatives to polyolefins?


This is the question being asked by a large number of players keen to reduce their environmental footprint. Lactips provides some clues in a new article published on its website.

As an exhibitor at ALL4PACK and a manufacturer of plastic-free industrial polymers, Lactips regularly publishes clear articles on its website that provide concise answers to questions being asked by many manufacturers seeking to reduce their footprint. In its latest issue, Lactips looks at biobased alternatives to PE and PP.

Several alternatives

The first solution is to use biosourced and biodegradable polymers. The best known are PLA, PHA and PBS/PBSA. However, Lactips points out that ” while PLA and PHA are 100% biosourced, PLA is only compostable in industrial composting conditions, whereas PHA is also compostable at home, biodegradable in water and biodegradable in soil “.

The second solution is to use exclusively biosourced biopolymers such as bioPE or bioPP.

Supporting white paper

So what material should we choose to replace traditional petroleum-based plastics? The Lactips article does not give a uniform answer, but makes it clear that the choice depends on technical and economic criteria, of course, but also on the company’s long-term vision, its environmental policy and its location, since legislation varies from one geographical area to another.

The case studies presented in the article (Lego and Coca-Cola) open a window on the infinite number of possible solutions, as does the White Paper “Boost the biodegradability of your plastic products” published by Lactips and available at the same address.

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