Biodegradable Plastic Manufacturers

biodegradable vs Non-biodegradable-Bioplastics

What are Bioplastics?

Bioplastic Manufacturers

Currently there are several large, small and start-up chemical companies manufacturing bioplastics and convert naturally renewable resource polymers into degradable materials. If you are a plastic manufacturer, or an organization looking for greener polymers, you could find useful information for bioplastic compounds here.  (If you are looking for information on products that are made of bioplastics, they can be found here).

A short list of several renewable agricultural resource bioplastic manufacturers and their products are listed below.

 

Trade Name                                        Product Type    Bioplastic Manufacturer
Biocycle PHA (PHB, PHBV Polyhydroxy alkanoate) based Copersucar
Biomer L PHA (PHB, PHBV Polyhydroxy alkanoate) based Biomer
CPLA

 

PLA (Polylactic acid, Polylactide) based Dainippon Ink Chem
Ecoloju PLA (Polylactic acid, Polylactide) based Mitsubishi
Eco Plastic PLA(Polylactic acid, Polylactide)  based Toyota
Enmat PHA (PHB, PHBV Polyhydroxy alkanoate) based Tianan
Heplon PLA (Polylactic acid, Polylactide) based Chronopol
Lacea PLA (Polylactic acid, Polylactide) based Mitsui Chemicals
Lacty PLA     (Polylactic acid, Polylactide)  based Shimadzu
L-PLA PLA     (Polylactic acid, Polylactide)  based Purac
Mirel PHA (PHB polyhydroxybutyrate, PHBV-polyhydroxybutyrate/hydroxyvalerate) based Telles – ( a joint venture between Metabolix and Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM))
Nature Works PLA     (Polylactic acid, Polylactide)  based Cargill-Teijin
Nodax PHA (PHBHx, PHBO, PHBOd Polyhydroxy alkanoate) based Procter & Gamble (USA)
PLA PLA     (Polylactic acid, Polylactide)  based Galactic
Pullulan Pullulan Hayashihara
Treofan PLA     (Polylactic acid, Polylactide)  based Treofan

 

Biodegradable Plastic Manufacturers with Petroleum Based products:

In addition to these, there are bioplastics that are manufactured with either with conventional petroleum based polymers or by adding renewable resource content to the conventional polymers to get biodegradable and/or compostable plastics.

Trade Name                Product Type                          Bioplastic Manufacturer

BAK                            Polyesteramide (PEA)                        Bayer

Bioflex                                    Starch-polycaprolactone (PCL)-Blend          Biotech

Bionolle 1000 Aliphatic Polyesters Poly(butylene succinate) Showa Highpolymer

Bionolle 3000 Aliphatic Polyesters (PBSA, poly(butylene succinate-co-adipate))                    Showa Highpolymer – Japan

Biomax® TPS                        (ThermoPlastic Starch, 85-90% renewable content)           DuPont

Biomax® PTT ((polytrimethylterephtalate, 35% renewable content)           DuPont

Biomax           Poly(butylene succinate terephthalate)                                 Dupont

CAPA                          Polycaprolactone (PCL)                 Solvay

Celgreen                     Polycaprolactone        Daicel

Easter Bio       Aliphatic-Aromatic Copolyester       Eastman

Ecoflex           Aliphatic-Aromatic Copolyester                               BASF

EnPol              Aliphatic Polyester (PBSA, poly(butylene succinate-co-adipate))              IRe

Lunare SE       Aliphatic Copolyesters           Nippon Shokubai

Mater-Bi         Starch- polycaprolactone (PCL) blend          Novamont

Mater-Bi         Starch-Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) blends    Novamont

Novon             Starch-Polyvinyl Alcohol (PVOH) blends    Chisso Corp / Warner Lambert

Skygreen         Aliphatic Copolyesters (PBSA poly(butylene succinate-co-adipate)) SK Chemicals

Sorona                         37% renewable content          Dupont

Tone                Polycaprolactone (PCL)                 Union Carbide

 

 

Ecoflex® Bioplastics – Biodegradable Plastics from BASF

Ecoflex®  is a biodegradable and compostable plastic made by BASF.  Ecoflex®  exhibit properties similar to LDPE, and is recommended to be used in trash bags or disposable packaging applications as it can degrade within few weeks in a suitable environment.

Mirel bioplastics by Telles : Biodegaradable plastics from Joint venture between Metabolix, Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Company

Telles, the joint venture between Metabolix, Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Company produces Mirel™, a family of  polyhydroxy alkanoated based bioplastic materials.  Telles has manufactured several grades of Mirel including injection molding, blown and cast film, and cast sheets grades.

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