Plant-based degradable plastic compounds suitable for food packaging products
April 23, 2019
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Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc. has announced the creation of the new Biopolymers Division based in Houston, Texas.
Kaneka’s PHBH is a plant-based product that offers both flexibility and heat resistance, compatible to be used in place of plastic food packaging products.
It is produced via a novel bio-fermentation process which uses renewable plant oils as feed stock.
“Our products are not only bio-based and bio-compostable in aerobic, anaerobic or marine environments, they are also strongly resistant to heat and can act as a barrier to water vapour,” states the company press release. “Our grades are stable under every day usage conditions. Given the right conditions, under either anaerobic, aerobic or marine conditions in the natural environment, the products will begin to biodegrade.”
PHBH has been granted Food Contact Approval by the FDA and is suitable for all food packaging products. PHBH can be formed into many products such as cups, cutlery, food trays, plates etc.
Kaneka has been producing PHBH since 2011 and is currently expanding its facilities in Takasago, Japan.