Recently, the University of Birmingham and the University of Bath had researched a method that not only promotes the recycling of bio-plastics but also produces biodegradable green solvent. They used chemical experiments to produce green solvents such as methyl lactate using zinc-based catalysts and methanol. The new plastics produced by this solvent can be used in a variety of industries. After they published this research result in the “Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research” magazine, the impact was huge. These researchers have experimented with disposable cups, scrapped 3D printers, and plastic toys. In the end, they all achieved great success.
Bio-plastics have always been the soft underbelly of recycling. For the whole world, a lot of resources have been invested in research and development of bio-based raw materials in order to produce plastic supplies for decades, but these efforts have hardly achieved large-scale success. Polylactic acid (PLA) made from corn is one of the first materials to be commercially available but compared to traditional polymers. It is still a “niche” material ( it is highly targeted and highly specialized material).
Bio-plastics are great. They are made of polylactic acid (PLA) and are becoming a more popular choice for manufacturing disposable products such as disposable cups, packaging materials, and similar items. They can be composted and biodegradable over a period of months. Joe Wood, Co-chief professor of the study, said: “Our technology is to decompose the plastic into chemical components before “transforming” the plastic into a new product so that we can ensure that the quality of the new product is high enough to be used in other products and processes”. Bio-plastics can be easily converted into biodegradable solvents, which will further reduce plastic waste and provide a product that can be used in the industry.
Before this process is used in an industrial environment, there is still some work to be done to ensure the quality of new products. For example, regarding the recycling of bio-plastics. So, in a real environment, if PLA products are collected through a roadside recycling program, how will they be classified, and do all PLA products require some kind of sign or mark? A person speaking on behalf of the research group responded: “Although some bio-plastics have signs or logos indicating that they can be composted, there is no widely accepted or adopted standard or logo for degradable plastics.”
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Bioplastic cups are combined from different types of cornstarch or paper and lined with Ingeo™ – a Polylactic acid (PLA) made from plants.
Bioplastic cutlery is made from 100% plant-based bio polymer that are different renewable starch. Or combined those plant-based with Ingeo™ – a Polylactic acid (PLA) together.
This drinking straw of a small pipe became widespread from 70 years ago. Millions of millions small pipe has been consumed since then as the materials used in their manufacture were inexpensive. However the widely usage of straws became one of the major cause of plastic pollution in the world today most after single use. […]