Bioplastic compounds

Date: 4 Jun 2014

In an endeavor to develop alternatives for the packaging coating industry and to reaffirm its commitment to creating innovations for the environment and sustainable development, SCG Chemicals has committed itself to research and development of coated packaging for hot and cold beverages as an alternative to polyethylene-coated cups, which are a staple on the market today. Certified by SGS to be in compliance with the EU No.10/2011 regulation, this innovative product, designed to address the emerging market needs, is safe for direct food contact and resistant up to 100 degrees Celcius, making it ideal for eco-conscious application. Developed using homegrown technology from SCG Chemicals research team, the biodegradable plastic compound is the first in Thailand to be certified by DIN CERTCO of Germany to degrade within 180 days.

In addition to improving the paper packaging of leak-proof properties and preventing liquid absorption, the bioplastic coating is 100% biodegradable, breaking down into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass within 180 days under suitable conditions before returning to nature. The bioplastic compound answers the commercial needs for the packaging industry and adds value to the eco products. Through the compounding process, these bioplastic compounds, which are made from renewable sources such as sugar cane, cassava, bean starch, and corn starch, can be engineered to be used as coating on paper to make compostable plastic coated paper.

To bring bioplastic compounds to new heights, SCG Chemicals has added new functions and applications to the product. Examples include the embodiment of color-sensitive inks that change color according to drink temperatures and the design that better meets customer marketing demand to ensure steady market growth.

 

Biodegradable bioplastics are plastics that can be decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms (biocompostable). They are produced from renewable sources such as sugar cane, cassava, bean starch, corn starch, etc. The development of bioplastics, which are made from natural materials, offer performance similar to conventional petrochemical-based plastics, and are 100% biodegradable, has paved the way for the development of other materials for eco-conscious application.