Netherlands-based TotalEnergies Corbio in its collaboration with Coexpan has launched new polylactic acid (PLA) biobased cups.

This cup is made from recycled PLA (rPLA) and is available in white as well as in transparent options.

The launch of this biobased cup comes after the successful completion of various tests that were carried out at Coexpan’s Innotech centre in Madrid, Spain.

This assessment helped in validating the complete line speeds process and final output using the ‘form fill seal’ (FFS) technology.

Coexpan recycling manager Gonzalo Sanchez said: “Another milestone has been achieved. We are very proud to include in our portfolio a new sustainable product that increases the number of technical solutions we can put on the market, a clear added value for all our customers.

“Having used this material for more than ten years, we are undoubtedly the leading PLA resin converter in the FFS market.”

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The latest biobased solution has helped TotalEnergies Corbion, Coexpan and Innotech to address some of the major sustainability challenges they face.

TotalEnergies’ portfolio of Luminy rPLA, which is a biobased polymer produced from sugarcane, has a reduced carbon footprint in comparison to other conventional polymers.

It has the same characteristics as that of a virgin PLA polymer and is compliant with food contact regulations, including those in the US (FDA 21 CFR), EU (EC No 10/2011) and China (GB 9685-2016).

TotalEnergies Sales and Business Development senior director Derek Atkinson said: “Providing PLA solutions to our customers with their existing technology is a priority for TotalEnergies Corbion.

“We have a team of specialised engineers to work with our partners and develop the right Luminy PLA grades. And we also buy back the used PLA to recycle it at our facilities.

“Advanced recycling of PLA is a much more energy efficient process in comparison with other plastics.”