The emergence of bio-feedstocks and bio-based commodity polymers production, in tandem with increasing oil prices, rising consumer consciousness and improving economics, has ushered in a new and exciting era of bioplastics commercialization. However, factors such as economic viability, product quality and scale of operation will still play important roles in determining a bioplastic’s place on the commercialization spectrum.
A snapshot of some of the better-known products will provide insight into common challenges faced by these processes and products.
Tags: green polyolefins, PE, high density polyethylene (HDPE), PET, ethylene, PTA, PEF, PlantBottle technology, PX, lactic acid, PS, PVC, sugar-based PC, isosorbide, BPA, PHA, PHB, polyoxoesters, bacteria, PBS
Source: ICIS, 2012-06-29.