Bioplastics and bio-based materials and packaging are key building blocks of bioeconomics, and are crucial when it comes to moving our economy towards bio-based material resources. They are also a focal point of ifeu’s research.
Bioplastics are manufactured from polymers, which consist substantially or exclusively of regrowable resources (in particular cellulose and lignin, starch from maize, wheat and potatoes, sugar from sugar beet or sugar cane, oils from rapeseed, sunflower and soya, or from exotic oil plants such as oil palms and coconut palms), and which can be obtained from a diverse range of synthesis pathways.
Bio-based composites are also innovative future materials.
In recent years, there has been interest in the development of packaging solutions using bio-based plastics. Despite the currently low market share, it can be assumed that they will gradually replace conventional petrochemical plastics in future.
For many years, ifeu has been involved in studying the environmental impact and sustainability aspects of both established and innovative procedures, taking account of the wide variety of biomass raw materials. This work includes virtually all available sources of raw materials – wood, agricultural biomass and residual products – and a wide range of product applications.