Perstorp’s renewable bioplastic brand Capa has received food contact approval in Europe for products including food packaging, shopping bags, drinking bottles and disposable and reusable cutlery and plates.

Bioplastics project manager Linda Zellner said that adding and blending in Capa with polylactic acid (PLA), starches and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) overcomes various processing problems, and improves the mechanical properties significantly.

"Packaging is a huge market segment with an excellent potential for bioplastics. The increasing demand for packaging made from renewable and biodegradable material goes hand-in-hand with the products we offer and the solutions that we can provide in this segment," Zellner added.

According to the company, Capa for bioplastics provides fast biodegradation, while acting as a stable mechanical property enhancer in formulations and applications.

Capa caprolactones is biodegradable and stable in processing and is a tried-and-tested technology that imparts precise performance properties supporting both renewable and disposable bioplastic product development. It can be customised to satisfy the demands of long-life, reusable and disposable bioplastics and is suitable for PLA, PHAs and starch blends in durable applications and in disposable or one-time-use packaging applications.

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