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Bioplastic

What is Bioplastic?

Bio based plastic is produced from renewable biomass resources which are organic materials that come from plants and animals.

Some bio based plastics are obtained by processing directly from natural polymers such as starch and gluten. Others are chemically produced from sugar derivatives like lactic acids or lipids. Common plastics are derived from oil and gas.

Sugarcane

The most widely available alternative is sugarcane. This is mainly cultivated and harvested in Brazil, 2,000km from the Amazon Rainforest region. This distance is part of a governmental effort to protect the rainforest, preventing agriculture from encroaching on precious, highly biodiverse land.

It is commonly planted on degraded pasture land as it can help recover the soil. Sugarcane bagasse, a waste product from the crushing process, is often used to generate electric power to supply the entire ethanol production process, improving the sustainability of the whole process.

The crop is primarily rain fed and produced using organic fertilisers. Sugarcane plastic production is carried out under a grower/supplier code of conduct. This affords new rights to workers and ensures they have a better quality of life.

Production of sugarcane for plastic has become a massive industry. It is estimated that Brazil now produces an estimated 25% of the world’s sugar and ethanol.

What is Bioplastic used for?

Bio based plastics can be used in a number of different industries. In food packaging they are often used for takeaway food and drink options to reduce waste and plastic pollution.

Other packaging options include plastic bags for industrial compost, agricultural foils, horticultural products, toys and textiles. As technology develops industries dependent on traditional types of plastics can look to switch to bio based plastics.

Consumer electronics, for example, require a high temperature resistance for their components. As plant derived bio based plastics are generally processed at lower temperatures this has been a barrier to their adoption. There have been a number of advancements over the past few years. As a result bio based plastic may now be a credible alternative for the electronics industry.

Sustainability

The use of bio based plastics can reduce the carbon footprint as they do not involve the consumption of non-renewable raw materials. Sugarcane, in particular, also removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as it grows. Their production reduces non-biodegradable waste that can contaminate the environment.

Recycling

Not all bio based plastics are biodegradable plastics. Nor do they biodegrade more readily than commodity fossil-fuel derived plastics. Landfills lack the microorganisms and oxygen required for waste to biodegrade in a timely manner in the natural environment. You should therefore still try to minimize your use of items that are not marked as recyclable or compostable.

The polyethylene (PE) in a bio based plastic is derived from a sustainable source but the end product, i.e. HDPE or PET is still the same so the corresponding recycling codes apply. HDPE is commonly recycled and has the number "2" as its resin identification code inside the universal recycling symbol. PET is the most widely recycled plastic in the world and is easily identified by the resin identification code number "1".

Bio based packaging plastic

At The Plastic Bottles Company we offer a number of sugarcane bottles, and bottles and jars made with a proportion of recycled content from 10% up to 100%.  These range from a perfect sample size at 50ml, up to a 250ml bottle with a 24mm neck for easy filling. We have a number of complementing caps and closures, offering flip caps, lotion, serum and trigger sprays to suit your products.

Our environmental promise has always been at the heart of what we do. To find the best environmentally friendly products that suit our customers' brand and budget. It’s also key to the way we operate our whole business.

With ever increasing developments in the manufacturing industry, it is our vision to make all of our product ranges recyclable.

What is the Plastic Tax?

The Government has released a white paper detailing their efforts to combat virgin plastic use. This has resulted in the introduction of a plastic tax that will come into effect in April 2022. Suppliers and purchasers will be exempt from this tax if the recycled content for each product is 30% or more. Read more on our blog.

We have been working with our customers and suppliers to offer a wide range of recyclable and biodegradable plastics exempt from the Plastic Packaging Tax. Contact us to learn more and how you can make the switch.

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