One New Material, Many Industrial Applications
With 220 million tons of plastic currently being produced each year, green chemistry provides the hope that more of it can be created from biodegradable elements that won’t plague our environment indefinitely. Renewable chemistry in particular focuses on making plastics from natural substances, and polylactic acid (PLA) is one such green plastics material that is already proving successful (it had the highest consumption volume of any bioplastic globally in 2010).
- A biodegradable plastic derived from renewable sources, PLA is made from the fermentation of corn starch, tapioca roots, starch, potatoes or sugarcane
- There is no price disadvantage to PLA, as it is on par with its oil-based competitors
- Current uses for PLA include food packaging, anchors, screws, plates and pins, with potential uses including upholstery, diapers and awnings
In this white paper, discover why the future is promising for renewable chemicals.