Compatibilizers and Reactive Blending for Biodegradable Plastics

The need for environmentally-friendly plastics has increased due to environmental threats caused by non-degradable plastics. Starch-filled polyethylene is the most cost-effective biodegradable plastic, but it often performs poorly because starch and PE don’t mix well. A new method called reactive blending can overcome this issue without requiring additional chemicals. By modifying the blend components, they […]

Mechanical Properties of Starch/Polymer Blends

Blending natural and synthetic polymers like PE or EVOH has gained significant interest in recent years. To maintain compostability, various biodegradable blends have been developed, which can be made into useful disposable products that degrade in specific environments. The mechanical properties of these blends depend on the adhesion of their different phases. Strong adhesion leads […]

Starch in Blends with Polymers

There are a significant number of biodegradable polymers (biopolymers) that come from both natural and synthetic sources. Utilizing agricultural products in plastic applications is a promising way to reduce surplus farm products and develop non-food applications. Thermoplastic starch (TPS) or plasticized starch (PLS) undergoes processing like synthetic plastics through extrusion and injection units. Unfortunately, TPS […]

The Rise of Biodegradable Polymers: Market Growth and Challenges.

In recent times, the importance of biodegradable materials has been growing. This is particularly important in protecting the environment from the increasing amount of plastic waste. One effective solution is the use of partially biodegradable polymers. These are created by blending biodegradable and non-biodegradable commercial polymers, which can reduce plastic waste volume due to partial […]