Modern bioplastics are now suitable for an impressive range of applications without the need for new equipment or infrastructure. Biopolymers are suitable for both short-life and disposable products, as well as long-life applications.
The development of sophisticated packaging has vastly improved the shelf life of products whilst helping to define brands’ relationships with their customers. However, with vast amounts of packaging ending up in landfill, unsustainable packaging is a highly visible environmental issue.
Bioplastics provide an ideal solution, removing the environmental impact without removing the packaging. Products can be used for a wide range of packaging items, from primary and secondary packaging films, laminates and rigid sheets for thermoforming and vacuum forming, to point-of-sale displays, trays and merchandisers.
The electronics industry has made considerable strides in addressing its environmental impact, primarily through improving the energy efficiency of products and devices. It is equally important, however, that the industry addresses the sustainability of the materials it uses.
Bioplastics can be injection moulded with characteristics similar to ABS, without any modifications required to existing machinery. Bioplastics can be used in place of oil-derived equivalents for plastic casings and parts. They are plant derived and typically process at a lower temperature than conventional plastics, contributing to the overall sustainability of electronic products.
With transport representing one of the highest contributors to global carbon emissions, automotive manufacturers are addressing materials as part of the drive to design more sustainable vehicles. In this industry, safety and performance are paramount and cannot be compromised.
Bioplastics can be used in place of oil-derived equivalents for the automotive industry. They can be injection moulded with characteristics similar to ABS, without any modifications required to existing machinery.
Restaurants, takeaway outlets and hotels produce millions of tonnes of waste every year. The challenge is to create sustainable packaging without impacting on food quality or safety, or inconveniencing the customer. The desire for resources that are GM-free and non-food-derived is particularly important to this sector.
Biopolymers are suitable for a wide range of catering and food-to-go products, from thermoformed coffee cup lids to injection-moulded cutlery and coatings for paper and board. Plant-based products can also perform as well as oil-derived equivalents.
The cosmetics industry creates over 120 billion units of packaging a year. Much of this is short lived and often ends up in landfill. Even the most basic daily personal care products, such as toothbrushes and razors, pose a major environmental challenge. However, consumers have come to expect high standards and don’t want to compromise on quality in the drive for a more sustainable solution.
Plant-based bioplastics ensure that brands in the cosmetics and personal care sector are caring for both people and the environment. Opaque, soft-feel cosmetic bottles can be made from extrusion blow moulding, whilst bioplastic caps can be injection moulded.