Biodegradable materials maker Danimer Scientific and Plastic Suppliers (PSI) have partnered to develop bio-based, home compostable films.  

As part of this partnership, PSI will produce packaging films leveraging material provided by Danimer Scientific.

The resulting packaging films will contain Danimer Scientific’s biopolymer, Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA). Degradation of the films will see no harmful microplastics left behind.

The University of Georgia (UGA) researchers and the UGA New Materials Institute have tested PHA.

Additionally, PHA is made from sustainable materials such as canola oil and proven to be petrochemical plastics’ eco-friendly substitute.

Danimer Scientific CEO Stephen Croskrey said: “We have developed a strong working relationship with PSI over the last decade creating bio-based packaging materials, and we are excited to expand our partnership by introducing one of the industry’s most promising sustainable materials to their products.

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“PHA has already proven to be a reliable eco-friendly alternative for consumer-packaged goods, and this expansion into flexible packaging will help further reduce the environmental impacts of plastic waste.”

The new PHA-containing films will include options such as home, soil and marine compostable.

It can be applied to various sectors including food, beverage, grocery retailer, quick service restaurant, stadium foodservice, as well as other consumer packaged goods (CPG) and industrial.

In January this year, Danimer Scientific and custom plastic bag manufacturer Columbia Packaging Group (CPG) partnered to develop home compostable produce bags for the flexible packaging market.