Disposable soft plastics: Carbios developed a controlled biodegradation process

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Source: Carbios

Clermont-Ferrand, France — Carbios is an innovative green chemistry company specializing in technologies dedicated to the recovery of plastic waste and the production of bio-polymers. Now the company  took a new significant step forward in the development of its controlled biodegradation process for disposable soft plastics. With its innovative process, Carbios obtained completely biodegradable plastic material in domestic conditions. This plastic material issued from an oil-based polymer and an enzyme has a controlled kinetic that loses 50 per cent of its mass in 15 days and completely biodegrades in less than three months.

With the support of its longtime partner VALAGRO, the co-owner, along with the CNRS (the French National Centre for Scientific Research), Carbios acquired the exclusive worldwide license for the „Method for preparing a polymer/biological entities blend“.  The company will draw on this success and continue to develop its controlled biodegradation process for disposable soft plastics. At the end of 2013, Carbios managed to preserve catalytic activity of enzymes after adding them to plastic material and exposing them to temperatures as high as 338°F (170°C) to its composition.

Today’s step forward allows Carbios to consider commercial applications on a global scale for this material, including in the agricultural sector, particularly for mulching films, and in the packaging industry, especially for disposable food, another strategic market targeted by the company.

„We are proud of this new breakthrough, which emphasizes the synergy between Carbios and our academic partners as well as the efficiency of our approach and which will bring us one step closer to an industrialized process. This significant advance shows that we can envision an expansion of Ségolène Royal’s amendment without jeopardizing France’s environmental goals or the plastics industry’s ambitions,“ concluded Jean-Claude Lumaret, CEO of Carbios.

Source: Carbios