Bio-based plastics include bioplastics and biodegradable plastics. Bioplastics are those plastics derived from non-petroleum based components such as plant fibres, corn, carbon dioxide, and other organic materials. Biodegradable plastics may be from both petroleum and non-petroleum sources and are designed to degrade relatively quickly and naturally under natural environmental conditions. For both types of plastics the intent is to reduce dependency on petroleum and to reduce the impact on the overall environment via lower carbon dioxide emissions and reduced contamination of land, rivers and oceans.
Bio-based plastics have been a hotly debated topic and technology from their very beginning. However, progress and adoption of these technologies have severely lagged behind the media coverage and hype.
While we do not directly invest nor research bioplastics we do continuously monitor our industry, government announcements and media coverage related to this important and interesting industry. Operating since 1949, CANUS Plastics looks at these technologies as key and necessary to transition to sustainable and responsible applications of plastics in the future. Therefore we are supportive on any customers, partners, government agencies and suppliers interested in contributing to progress in this fascinating technology, particularly as it applies to sheets, rods and tube forms. So far most advancements have been in the way of films, bags and coatings but we hope to soon realize other developments in areas more related to our traditional uses and methods of fabrication.