Biopolymers from Tapioca

A polymer that can be produced from a non-fossil source: the Tapioca root. In a globally unprecedented process, the inedible parts and waste portions of this plant are polymerized. The outcome are biodegradable plastics obtained from a renewable source that can be applied as a substitute to ordinary plastics for many use-cases.

Tapioca is a viable alternative to fossil-based raw materials used in plastics manufacturing. Most importantly though, it solves the riddle of Food for Plastics, that has been the major constraint to mainstream adoption of Bioplastics. Detailed information about the origin, cultivation, and many areas of application of this fascinating plant can be found in the publication “Wonders of Tapioca” issued by the Thai Tapioca Development Institute.

Important general characteristics:

  • Cultivatable raw material
  • Plant-based raw material
  • Inedible Source
  • Biodegradable
  • Energy-efficient production process: low processing temperature and cycle time

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