12 Oktober 2011

MINERV® PHA SC (Sugar Cane): the first 100% biodegradable plastic produced from sugar cane waste is now certified

The new frontier in biochemistry obtained from renewable sources, one of a kind worldwide and produced in Italy

The “OK Biodegradable Water” (biodegradable in water) certification was awarded to the MINERV® PHA SC (Sugar Cane) bioplastic, the first and only biopolymer in the world made by Bio on starting from sugar cane by-products.

This important recognition was awarded to the Italian company by the Belgian organisation Vincotte, one of the most prestigious and authoritative certification authorities worldwide, thus confirming MINERV® PHA SC’s complete biodegradability in water at ambient temperature. This new plastic can be used to make a wide range of rigid or flexible objects and to replace daily use products that are highly polluting and made from petroleum, such as PET, PP, PS, HDPE, LDPE and PE, currently used to manufacture bottles, food packaging, auto parts, furnishings, fibres, packaging film and electronics.

Bio on is an Italian company that develops new materials in the modern biotechnologies sector and this recognition completes the industrial research project, started in 2007, aimed at producing naturally biodegradable plastic, starting from sugar beets and, as of today, also from sugar cane. Until now both have mainly been used to produce edible sugar or biofuels. The idea is especially innovative since, for the first time in the world, PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoate) is obtained from molasses or intermediate sugar cane juices or from its by-products and not from oils or cereal starches like the majority of the biopolymers on the market today. MINERV® PHA bioplastics are thus made from waste materials and not from products intended for food production. This, combined with their complete biodegradability in water, is the big environmental advantage of the bioplastics developed by Bio on.

MINERV® PHA SC has excellent thermal properties. Through the range of polymerisation, production requirements from -10 deg C to +180 deg C can be met, to be used with injection or extrusion methods.

About BIO ON
Bio-on was founded in 2007 to work in the field of modern biotechnologies applied to widely used materials in order to create completely natural products and solutions, obtained 100% from renewable sources or agricultural processing waste materials. PHAs: Polyhydroxyalkanoates (truly biological plastic) for the full range of strategic applications (general packaging, food packaging, design, clothing, automotive).

TARGET: Bio-on directly targets the agriculture and food sector (production and distribution), providing all players with the technology required to produce or use PHAs through the development of the relative characterisations.

PROJECT: Intellectual Property Company. From the design office to the pool of engineering firms and labs engaged on an ongoing basis in the design, production and distribution of Bio-on know-how. The production of PHAs is restricted, area by area, through technology usage license contracts or industrial partnerships dedicated to specific commercial areas.

VINCOTTE (world wide certification) is one of the most prestigious certification authorities in the world. It was the first to write the procedures for the standardisations linked to biodegradability adopted by all certification authorities worldwide since the ’90s.

Source: Bio On, press release, 2011-10-12.


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