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2016 Promotion of Environmentally Conscious Bioplastics

New Plastic Economy
At the beginning of 2016, a report entitled “New Plastic Economy: Reflections on the Future of Plastics” summarizes a revolutionary new approach to global plastic waste streams, especially global plastic packaging waste. The report, prepared by the MacArthur Foundation, calls for recycling of these wastes to achieve the principle of recycling economy, which can change the plastic economy, completely reduce emissions to the ocean and other negative externalities.

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The report focuses on creating efficient post-treatment for plastics; significantly reducing the flow of plastics into the natural system, especially the ocean. The transformation of the new plastics economy will bring together the main stakeholders in the entire plastic packaging chain, starting with the packaging, to rethink and redesign the future of plastics. In the forthcoming World Economic Forum in January 2017, the new plastics economy will present its latest research to business and government leaders.

New bio – polyester
This year, a number of innovative bioplastics have also attracted attention: Avantium, the Amsterdam-based biochemistry company, has pioneered a new bio-polyester – PEF. The new model plant will work with German chemicals Giant BASF investment to build, to build the world’s leading FDCA and PEF factory. This material has great potential, if successful, and now the use of PET bottles may be eliminated, although the PEF will face the competitive pressures brought about by the PTF. PTF is also an innovative bio-polyester, compared to PET, its gas barrier has been greatly improved; DuPont Industrial Life Sciences and Archer Daniels Midland jointly developed a fructose-based furan dicarboxylate (FDME), coupled with DuPont’s patented product – bio-propylene glycol, to produce this new bio-polyester.

PBS Bioplastics
As a biodegradable alternative to polyethylene, biological PBS naturally breaks down into water and carbon dioxide in the soil, does not require composting facilities, and is highly compatible with fibers and can be easily penetrated into the pores and adhered to the fibers. Plus its heat resistance up to 100 ° C, is an ideal material for coated paper packaging, barrier packaging, coffee capsules, fiber and injection molding applications. PTTMCC, a joint venture between PTT and Mitsubishi Chemical, is building the world’s first biobutyric succinate (PBS) plant, which is expected to start operating in 2017.

PP biological plastic
Finland Nestle announced the launch next year, PP bio-plastic products,greatly attrictive, which is clearly the recent cooperation with IKEA’s real reason.

Greenhouse gases are not good for nothing
2016 is also a formal year to join the list of sustainable raw materials CO2. Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI) became the first car manufacturer to use CO2 as a raw material to produce and test new types of foam and plastic parts.

Novomer, based in New York, uses CO2 from the manufacturing plant to produce innovative foam. Through a conversion system, Novomer produces a polymer that can be formulated into different materials, including foams and plastics that can be easily recycled. Ford said that if the new foam, as expected, may be in five years on Ford vehicles, such as seats and hood, the annual use of less than 600 million pounds of oil.

In June, the world’s first commercial production plant for CO2 polymer was launched in Dormagen, Germany. The plant uses CO2 in the carbon component to create a new type of polyol, the polyol is the core of polyurethane foam composition. Earlier this month the company delivered the first CO2-based products, marking the official start of new plant production.

Speaking of greenhouse gases, polylactic acid producer NatureWorks is also investigating the possibility of producing Ingeo polylactic acid from its third-generation feedstock methane. The company invested $ 1 million in the United States headquarters in Minnesota to establish a new laboratory, the conversion of methane into lactic acid (Ingeo polylactic acid based material) fermentation process to achieve commercialization. This is an adventure, but it is not only strategic to the diversification of NatueWorks raw materials, once successful, will be harvested a simple structure, low cost Ingeo production platform, open the highly competitive price of polylactic acid market.

Development Prospect of Bioplastics
The bioplastics market is expected to grow, according to recent data from the European Bioplastics Consortium. By 2021, the default capacity will rise from 4.2 million tons in 2016 to nearly 6.1 million tons. Bioplastics is a growing new industry that plays a key role in the transition to bio-based recycling economy. “Despite the many advantages, however, the data shows that the overall growth rate in the global bioplastics industry has slowed, partly because of lower oil prices and, on the other hand, insufficient government support for bioeconomics,” the group said.

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