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.
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Plastics and Innovation
Capacities of bioplastics
According to the European Bioplastics, global capacities of bioplastics in 2019 and 2020 were 1.952 and 2.111 million tons, respectively. This number represents 1% of the plastic industry accounted for 368 million tons of plastics produced in 2019.
February 16, 2021
Business and Law
Commodity markets “to the moon”!
“To the moon”: this slogan is on everyone’s mouth these days! Elon Musk tweets about Bitcoin, China buys every kilo of copper on world markets even though the price has been up more than 100% since the Corona lows, crude oil is on a steady upward trend, food prices are rushing from high to high, other metals are climbing new highs almost weekly, etc…
March 9, 2021
People and Environment
During the past years, we have seen our shopping experience change with one question: what is the best option to carry all of this stuff? The transition from plastic to paper/cotton/PP bags was fast (depending on where in the globe you are) and it comes with the growing concern about doing the best for the environment.
February 16, 2021