Biodegradable Materials: A Winning Formula for Market Share
Fast paced developments are taking place in biodegradable materials owing to the growth in awareness regarding environmental impact and sustainability. Environment-friendly strategies are being adopted by different organizations and businesses for different activities like designing, manufacturing and packaging. Research and development in biodegradable materials is carried out all across the globe and many biodegradable materials have been discovered.
Hemp has been introduced by innovators as a sustainable material. Hemp is being eyed by the innovators as a biodegradable material which can serve as an alternative for a range of materials including building products, biofuel, car components, paper, fabric and biofuel. Industrial hemp has been used conventionally to make different items like paper, rope, cloth and fuel. Removal of ban on hemp cultivation in different developed nations like Australia and US has fueled its utilization as a biodegradable material. Factors like less water utilization and less space requirement for hemp cultivation, works in favor of its increased adoption. Moreover, all the parts of hemp can be used. The stalk’s outer bast is used in making different items like rope and canvas whereas its core is used in construction activities. Hemp is eyed as a very competitive, sustainable, regenerative and organic substitute for materials including cotton and soy.
Prickly Pear Cactus, the Next Wave of Biodegradable Packaging
Packaging is a leading segment in biodegradable material’s utilization. Plastics have posed as a threat to the environment for a long time. Researchers are very progressive in introducing sustainable alternatives for plastics. Prickly pear cactus is the latest entrant in this area and its juice is used to create biodegradable plastic. The plastic like material created by using this juice is supposed to break down if left in water for long time. Moreover, all the raw materials used in its production are non-toxic and can be consumed by humans as well as animals.
Global consumption of plastics in agriculture has crossed tons which is receiving flak world-wide for the amount of waste it generates. Soil mulching is one of the agricultural segments that significantly uses plastics. Several biodegradable materials have been prepared using natural polymers like starch, chitosan, cellulose and glucomannan. These innovative materials are known as bioplastics which are obtained by utilizing different processes of forming thermal films along with spraying techniques.
Wood-Based Straws and Cups: The New Normal
Photodegradable films which are known to be thermoplastic synthetic polymers are ardently used as bio-degradable material in agriculture. Photosensitive chemical additives are used in its production during the degradation process of the film’s macromolecules. Biopolymers have emerged as a highly preferred eco-innovative solution which are produced using an anaerobic fermentation process.
Manufacturers are using wood and natural binders for creating different materials like packaging material and straws. The after product has properties similar to plastics like being resistant to different elements including water, oxygen and oil. Wood is used to produced straws which are marine degradable.
Non-Toxic Bioplastics Replace Conventional Plastics with Agility
Polyhydroxybutyrate is a bioplastic which is created using renewable resources. It is a better option than polypropylene in terms of physical properties. Its non-toxic nature makes it an ideal material for packaging in the food segment. Polyhydroxybutyrate bioplastic is increasingly getting used across various industries including electronics, bio-med, agriculture, cosmetics and agriculture.
Bioresin systems are the other biodegradable materials which hold the potential to replace conventionally used, oil-based plastics and resins. The combination of natural fibers and bio-resins yields a 100% biodegradable product. These bioresin systems are widely used in binding different natural fibers like flax, palm leaves, banana, jute and cotton, in order to generate products which are completely biodegradable.
Styrofoam made by using polylactic acid is an emerging biodegradable material which has the tendency to degrade in a time span of 9 weeks without giving out harmful gases like carbon dioxide, methane and toxic materials such as heavy metals. It is produced using a foaming technology which utilizes very less quantity of raw materials as compared to the conventional products made up of paper and plastics. Food sector has emerged as its leading consumer, as fully compostable foam packaging is highly in demand for food packaging.
Reviving the Footwear Industry Through Corn Waste: Now or Never!
Highly competitive industries like fashion are also using biodegradable materials to address problems related to sustainability. Production processes in this industry use chemicals which are harmful for the people working there. Moreover, large amount of resources like water and energy are consumed. Different clothing and footwear brands are taking initiatives to introduce alternative materials and processes which are biodegradable. Corn waste obtained from food industry is now getting used in manufacturing footwear. Leading footwear brands like Adidas is using marine plastic trash to make training footwear.
Bioplastic is eyed by the footwear manufacturers as the commercially viable option to deal with the problems related to plastics. These bioplastics are made from different materials including starch, seaweed and algae, which have the natural tendency to degrade over time. Green packaging has become the mainstream trend. Such packaging is extensively used in packing an array of things like cups, paper food containers, stir sticks, liners, bags, mugs and utensils.
Can Desert Sand Make Quality Construction Acoustics?
Manufacturing industry is surfacing as an important area that uses biodegradable materials. It uses acoustic pulp obtained from pine and fir trees which are harvested naturally. Manufacturers dealing with flooring and textile are encouraging use of such acoustics. Finite is a relatively new material used in construction sector which is composed of desert sand. Desert sand imparts it with biodegradable properties where the material can decompose and then be re-used.
Conventionally used glass fiber is getting replaced by a mushroom-based, competent alternative. Health conditions arising due to inhalation of glass fiber acts as a major driver in consumption of this new product. This product comes with advantages like air-purification and biodegradability.
Options for different biodegradable materials have increased over time and this signifies that we will run out of natural and renewable resources. Innovators are constantly on the quest to create biodegradable materials that utilize unconventional elements like mushroom instead of depleting the available resources.
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