Biodegradable Polymers :Polylactic Acid Applications
Polylactic acid biodegradable plant based polymeric based materials have shown various advantages over the conventional polymers. For example PLA fibers can be processes at lower temperature than PET fibers, lowering the energy input. Further, PLA based products can be processed using traditional operating equipments including blow molding, injection molding and extrusion.
Polylactic acid biodegradable plastics are widely used in variety of applications including drug delivery, structural support and in fibers and films. Use of PLA based materials in medical applications including sutures, pins, rods are known for decades. Currently, PLA has found applications in food handling products such as lids, trays and paper coatings, packaging films, and fibers for textile products.