Bioplastics offer improved material properties and potentially lower environmental impacts than conventional plastic materials made from petrochemicals. “Drop-in” bio-based plastics are compatible with current recycling processes, and some of these products are designed for biodegradation.
However, the growing industry must overcome challenges common to many immature technologies if it is going to thrive: lack of standardization and unclear classification; ambiguous and conflicting results from life cycle assessments; and relatively high production costs.
What Are Bioplastics?
The IUPAC (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry) characterizes bioplastics as biobased polymers that can be shaped by flow when they are processed, and that are made out of either biomass directly or monomers which themselves were derived from a biomass source.
ome of these products are designed for biodegradation.
Biome Technologies plc is a growth oriented, commercially driven technology group. The Group’s primary activity is the development of its fast growing business in bioplastics. The Group comprises two divisions: Biome Bioplastics and Stanelco RF Technologies.