8th PLA World Congress

8th PLA World Congress on May 28 and 29, 2024 in Munich

PLA (polylactide) is a bioplastic

Polylactide is a bioplastic, a polyester based on renewable raw materials such as sugar cane or maize. The raw material, which is made up of lactic acid molecules, is a biodegradable plastic – but only on an industrial scale. This is because the necessary conditions are not found in nature. Among bioplastics, polylactides are the material group with the second largest volume potential. In the packaging market, it is the most important bioplastic, as PLA is available in large quantities and is easy to process.

Patrick Zimmermann

„Biopolymers and their role for end-of-life options – different applications and market needs“

Patrick Zimmermann will speak at the 8th PLA World Congress in Munich about raw materials and applications and that it is not only important to close the cycle in order to make progress towards a CO2-neutral industry or society.

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Explore our PLA blends today

Bio-Flex® is a product family of technically advanced and innovative biopolymers that combines renewability, biodegradability and compostability. The natural raw material basis of these PLA blends (polylactic acid blends) is, for example, corn, sugar cane or castor oil. Biodegradable plastics such as Bio-Flex® have a natural breathability, i.e. the permeability for oxygen, water vapor is higher than conventional fossil plastics. This can be an advantage in certain applications, e.g. fruit and vegetable packaging, as it has a positive effect on the shelf life of the food and yet provides protection against e.g. contamination. Barrier properties can further be improved by antimicrobial coatings or by clever material combinations and are in future able to achieve better preservation of e.g. foods.