Bioplastic

Bioplastic potential from bag bans

This interactive map of various plastic bag bans (either already implemented, in the works, or did not go through…) is definitely worth sharing as I’ve mentioned via twitter, that these bag bans could lead to increase market share for compostable/biodegradable shopping bags.

One example is Metabolix’s new Mvera B5008 compostable-certified film grade resin. Application for the bioplastic includes compost bag and can liners for organic waste collection as well as shopping and retail bags that can be reused as compostable organic waste bags.

Metabolix said Mvera B5008 will be compounded in Europe for the local market and will also be widely available for customers outside of Europe.

Florida-based BioGroupUSA, which manufactures biodegradable and compostable bags and films under the brand BioBag, is actually using Italy-based Novamont’s starch-based Mater-Bi biodegradable and compostable resins.

In fact, some of the popular restaurants here in New York City have been using BioBag (see picture that I took early this year…).

BASF has already been marketing its compostable plastic waste bag Ecovio FS for bin liners. I am not sure if this resin can also be used to make plastic shopping bags but I’m sure that will be a logical thing to do given that many households (especially in the US) are using used grocery/supermarket plastic bags as waste bin liners.

Cereplast is also already marketing its bioplastic resins, Compostable 3002, Compostable 3010, and Compostable 3020, which the company claimed provide superior properties and are for use on blown film extruder lines for the manufacture of compostable bags.

The compostable resins can substitute polyethylene for carry bag and trash bag applications.

About Doris de Guzman

Will Green Chemistry save the world or is it hype? Doris de Guzman examines alternative processing, new technology, R&D and other sustainability initiatives aimed at preventing pollution; replacing ingredients; and using renewable feedstocks in Green Chemistry. She has been covering the oleochemicals market for 15 years and spread her beat to inorganics, biofuels and green chemistry.

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