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Bioplastics and their main applications

Bioplastics and their main applications2021.04.08

In search of new material solutions and proceeding an eye on the goal of sustainable production and consumption, bioplastics have various (potential) advantages. Advances in how they are produced is allowing bioplastics with controllable physical properties to be produced enabling uses which mimic those of oil-based plastics. The properties of some bioplastics allow novel functions to be carried out.

Bioplastics can also be processed in very similar ways to petrochemical plastics such as injection moulding, extrusion and thermoforming. To improve their tensile strength, bioplastic polymers can be blended with their co-polymers or with other polymers.


Current end-use segments of bioplastics

1. Biodegradable and short-lived products

1) Packaging: shopping bags, compostable waste collection bags, trays and Punnets for vegetables, fruits, meat and eggs.

2) Disposable catering servicewares

3) Medical applications: implants such as screws, pins or plates, material for pills and capsules

4) Mulch films

2. Non-Biodegradable and durable products –

1) Automotive interiors like seats, head rests or arm rests

2) Mobile phone cases

Emerging end-use segments of bioplastics

1. 3D printing

2. Metalized Biaxial oriented -PLA films for food packaging

3. Baby products – Toys and Teethers

4. Modified PLA for durable applications – Interiors and under the hood automotive parts


OKCHEM PLA, PBAT and PBS Distribution Project

OKCHEM is the strategic partner of Anhui BBCA (expected to be the largest PLA producer in China) and Xinjiang Blue Ridge Tunhe (the largest PBAT producer in China) to look for buyers and partners globally. If you want to join us in this project, please contact us at You may also make the application online at:

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