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Bioplastics – The Natural Choice

We have introduced a differentiated portfolio of biodegradable and bio-based TPE polymers and compounds for a growing number of new applications over the past years. Our customized soft-touch bioplastics were developed in response to the increased market demand and consumer needs for sustainable products.

In 2017, Trinseo acquired Applicazioni Plastiche Industriali S.p.A. (API), a manufacturer of TPE and TPU Solutions, EVA-based Compounds, two-components PU, and innovative bioplastics. Trinseo took on API’s Bio & Beyond strategy, which is perfectly aligned with Trinseo's commitment to sustainability. The focus on environmental and social responsibility is intrinsic to who we are as an organization: Provide an honest product and think beyond.

Following the Bio & Beyond approach, replacing fossil-based plastic applications with a bioplastic version can offer significant environmental advantages:

  • Saving fossil resources for future generations
  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Reducing the water footprint
  • Sustainable waste management

For optimizing our bioplastics either partly or completely made from renewable resources, we apply the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology, an international standard. It includes evaluating all of the environmental impacts associated with a product. The LCA considers a product’s entire life cycle, from the extraction of raw materials to its final disposal or end-of-life waste management (cradle-to-grave).

We are aware of the many specific requirements that our customers’ products must meet, so we therefore divide our bioplastics into bio-based and/or biodegradable plastics.

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Our bio-based plastics are derived to varying degrees from renewable biomass sources, including cornstarch, sugarcane, sugar beet, cellulose and vegetable oils. Trinseo's bio-based thermoplastic product families APILON™ 52 BIO and APIGO™ BIO can be found in a wide range of applications. They can contribute to a reduction in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions (compared to fossil-based plastics). Customers can benefit from the use of bio-based plastics in different ways

  • Strategic repositioning of the product
  • Communicating environmental information to enhance the product reputation
  • Get eco-labeling (e. g. EU Ecolabel, Carbon Footprint)
  • Release Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)

Biodegradability is the degradation potential of a plastic by the action of microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, algae) to carbon dioxide (and/or methane), water, mineral salts and biomass. In a composting environment, biodegradable bioplastics will degrade into carbon dioxide and water – generated by bacteria or through other biological means. (According to European standards EN 13432 and EN 14995, a material is considered to be biodegradable if it degrades by at least 90 percent within 6 months.)

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Visit our bioplastics product pages and get an overview of our portfolio of bio-based and biodegradable products. Please also feel free to contact our team to learn more about the benefits of our bioplastics and the Bio & Beyond approach.