What are biopolymers?
Biopolymers are a new way forward in polymers. They are special polymers produced from natural and renewable sources such as starch, cellulosics and natural fibres. Most biopolymers are biodegradable, but this is not a necessary condition.
They are produced from biomass which comes from crops such as sugar beet, potatoes and wheat.
Additives for biopolymer applications
The biopolymer market is growing rapidly with many large food and drink companies adopting the use of fully or partly bio sourced plastics.
There are still some questions and concerns about performance and processability of Biopolymers. In particular PLA, exhibits friction/adhesion which causes problems during processing. In order to enhance performance and improve processability Croda Polymer Additives can offer a wide range of additives to help combat issues in this area:
- Mold release
- Pigment dispersion
- Slip & anti-block
- Torque release
- UV protection
Additives from bio-based sources
We also recognise the increasing consumer awareness and concern for the impact plastic products have on the environment and have a specific range of bio-based additives to meet these needs.
For more detailed information on this application area please download new brochure.