Bioplastics MAGAZINE recently invited Aldo Zanetti, Trinseo´s Business Unit Manager, TPE Solutions – Medical & Packaging, to discuss Trinseo’s development of biodegradable materials for a variety of different applications, including compostable coffee capsules.
In the interview, Zanetti describes how every year an estimated 50 billion single-serve coffee capsules are sold worldwide. Although these capsules are extremely convenient, they are not always recyclable – and as a result, the plastic and aluminum properties of the capsules end up in landfill waste.
Pairing this knowledge with the continuously progressing trend of global coffee consumption via single-serve capsule machines, Zanetti addressed the coffee industry’s urgent need for more sustainable packaging options and Trinseo’s offered solutions.
“Over the years and through joint developments with customers, combined with our technology expertise, we have expanded our biodegradable compounds portfolio,” explains Zanetti. “Trinseo’s portfolio ranges from low to high rigidity, to meet a wide spectrum of requirements for packaging and agricultural applications.”
In 2014, Trinseo launched one of the first biodegradable and compostable compound for single-serve coffee capsules. The company has also developed a unique and wide-ranging spectrum of biodegradable color masterbatches compatible with all of their bio resins.
In addition, the Company’s APINAT® Bioplastics portfolio complies with global food contact regulations, making it easier for manufacturers to process. As Zanetti says, this means manufacturers can compete with conventional plastics in the coffee capsule business and that the combination of coffee powder and biodegradable material constitutes a perfect match.
Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a specialty material solutions provider, partners with companies to bring ideas to life in an imaginative, smart, and sustainability-focused manner by combining its premier expertise, forward-looking innovations and best-in-class materials to unlock value for companies and consumers.
From design to manufacturing, Trinseo taps into decades of experience in diverse material solutions to address customers’ unique challenges in a wide range of industries, including consumer goods, mobility, building and construction, and medical.
Trinseo’s approximately 3,400 employees bring endless creativity to reimagining the possibilities with clients all over the world from the company’s locations in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. Trinseo reported net sales of approximately $4.8 billion in 2021. Discover more by visiting www.trinseo.com and connecting with Trinseo on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and WeChat.
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