Materials

Bioplastics are not a single kind of polymer but rather a family of materials that can vary considerably from one another. 
There are three groups in the bioplastics family, each with its own individual characteristics:

  • Biobased or partially biobased non-biodegradable plastics such as biobased PE, PP, or PET (so-called drop-ins) and biobased technical performance polymers such as PTT or TPC-ET
  • Plastics that are both biobased and biodegradable, such as PLA and PHA or PBS
  • Plastics that are based on fossil resources and are biodegradable, such as PBAT.

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It is important to note, that the property of biodegradation does not depend on the resource basis of a material, but is linked to its chemical structure.

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EuBP market data: Documentation of survey methodology & more bioplastic statistics »here.

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