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=====: PLA Introduction :=====
What is PLA.

PLA stands for Polylactide Acid, and it’s a versatile polymer produced from 100% corn or other annually renewable plants which contains starch by NatureWorks® LLC. PLA is made from lactic acid. Lactic acid is made from dextrose by fermentation. Dextrose is made from cornstarch and cornstarch is made from carbon dioxide and water.

Features of PLA.
  • It’s biodegradable, recyclable, and compostable.
  • It does not cause or release any toxicity, toxic gas and nor any environmental pollution when it is incinerated.
  • It’s similar to traditional plastic in characteristics, physical & mechanical properties without changing user’s habit for plastic products.
  • It has good ventilation, permeability, tensile strength and anti-static.
  • It has very good stiffness and rigidity.
  • It has good oil and grease resistance.
  • It has flavor and aroma barrier.
  • It can degrade in 47 days, depending on specification and natural conditions.
Benefits of PLA.
  • Uses 20 - 50% less fossil fuels compared to traditional petroleum based plastics.
  • Reducing greenhouse gases and smog in our atmosphere.
  • Reduces burden on landfill.
  • Excellent flavor retention & aroma barrier keeps food tasting and smelling fresh longer.
  • Versatile: Replaces many traditional packaging alternatives for a broad range of applications.
  • Clear: Excellent clarity and high gloss provides ideal product display on shelves.
  • Strong and Durable: Protects your product appearance while guarding against spoilage.
  • Printable: Graphic imprint to present your design and message.
  • Secure: Self-seals rapidly with heat, also compatible with a wide range of adhesive technologies.
  • It has excellent resistance to most oils and fats, which are used in food preparation.
  • Cleaner production process and thus reduced harmful pollutants emitted into the air.
Certifications of PLA Biodegradability.

The biodegradability of our materials has been measured according to standard test methods approved by International Organizations (ISO, CEN, ASTM, DIN) and the compostability is certified by the “OK Compost” label by OWS (ORGANIC Waste System), Belgium and “Din Certco” by Din Certco” by DIN (Deutsche Industrielle Normalische), Germany.

Life Cycle of PLA.

PLA is fully compostable and it can be disposed of by all traditional waste management methods such as incineration, landfill and mechanical recycling.

In the soil or water, microbes convert the product into water and carbon dioxide, and then green plants take them in through the process known as photosynthesis, converting once again to starch.

“Let’s leave a better world for the future generations to come.”

                         Day 1        Day 3     Day 19     Day 28     Day 39     Day 47     Day 56

Conventional plastics materials have brought convenience to our everyday life for many decades, however these conveniences have come at a grave cost to our environment in ways of pollution, toxic emissions and a depletion of our natural resources. We are feeling some of the consequences today from them, but much more will be left for our future generations to deal with if we don’t look for alternatives for the future now. However today we have a new solution in PLA, which is a very innovative and biodegradable material, which can be used for making packaging products for food with consideration for our ever concerning environment and for the future generations.

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