BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (Sept. 8, 11:30 a.m. EDT) — Eldib Engineering & Research Inc. of Berkeley Heights has released “Biodegradable Polylactides and Films from Corn,” a study that found that several major Japanese companies aggressively are commercializing plastics and fibers made from polylactides derived from corn. Products made include packaging, fibers and injection molded plastics.
Annual global production of plastics is estimated at 273.3 billions pounds. Of this, about 508.5 million pounds, slightly less than 0.2 percent, can be replaced with PLA and other biodegradable polymers. Biodegradable polymers are sourced both from renewable sources such as Cargill Dow polylactide and thermoplastic starches and blends while others are synthesized from gas or crude oil, such as co-polyesters produced by Eastman Chemical Co. and DuPont Co.
Recent spikes in the price of gas, concentrates and oil could be a factor in the selection of biodegradable polymers for product development, particularly if future disruptions are on the horizon.
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