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PLA (Polylactic Acid)

PLA (Polylactic Acid)

PLA (polylactic acid) is a plastic produced from resources that can be renewed on an annual basis, such as sugar beet, sugar cane, wheat, maize and cellulose. PLA is the first plastic of its kind produced from renewable resources. It is an active player in green chemistry through its significant reduction of the carbon foot print when compared to oil based traditional plastics. 

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PLA (Polylactic Acid)


 

INCI Name: Poly Lactic Acid

Chemical Name: PLA, Polylactic Acid, Poly(Lactic Acid) , Lactic Acid Polymer, Polylactide, Poly(2-Hydroxypropionic Acid)

 

CAS No. : 26100-51-6

EINECS No. :  NA

 

Molecular Formula: (C3H6O3)x

Molecular Weight: 90.08

 

Mooben produces lactides from lactic acid which is then converted to Poly Lactic Acid (PLA), a 100% biodegradable plastic produced from renewable resources such as sugar beet, sugar cane, wheat, maize and cellulose. PLA is used for different applications such as automotive parts, clothing and carpet fibres, food packaging etc…

 

Green materials: PLA (polylactic acid) is the first plastic of its kind produced from renewable resources. It is an active player in green chemistry through its significant reduction of the carbon foot print when compared to oil based traditional plastics.

 

PLA (polylactic acid) is a plastic produced from resources that can be renewed on an annual basis, such as sugar beet, sugar cane, wheat, maize and cellulose.

 

The PLA manufacturing process includes biotechnology activity in the sucrose (sugar) or glucose extraction phase before transformation by fermentation (using a micro-organism) into lactic acid. This lactic acid is then chemically transformed into PLA.

 

PLA has been known as a polymer for many years in medical applications, such as stitches, orthopedic or galenical pins. This sector of application was developed on the basis of the biocompatibility between humans and this polymer, which is obtained from lactic acid. Due to technological developments and optimisations of the procedure, PLA is now available on commodity markets, such as packaging, disposable objects, fibers and more. Many product developments are ongoing and should enable, in the near future, the use of PLA in such sustainable applications as the automotive industry, floor coverings and electronics.

 

In addition to the conventional methods, PLA has the distinctive feature of increasing end-of-life management options. PLA from renewable raw materials is also biodegradable and compostable. This is one of the options for managing the end of life of this biosource polymer.

 

PLA can also be depolymerised to return into its original monomer state – lactic acid, which after purification, can be reused to manufacture PLA.

 

Green Products

 

A plastic from renewable resources. Biomass is an alternative source of carbon other than fossilised resources like oil, gas and coal. The use of biomass to manufacture plastics helps reduce dependence on oil and provides access to the domain of green chemistry.

 

PLA (polylactic acid) is first and foremost a plastic produced from renewable resources. It participates in the development of green chemistry and meets all the demands of market diversification in terms of the origin of raw materials used in the manufacture of various materials.

 

Lactic acid, the starting point in the synthesis of PLA, is a product made from renewable resources. It is biocompatible, bio-assimilable and biodegradable. It is manufactured by fermenting sucrose or glucose. Biochemistry and biotechnology are at the heart of the synthesis of the PLA precursor.

 

The raw materials of lactic acid are sugar cane, sugar beet, maize and wheat, among others. Mooben’s PLA uses sugar beet as raw material for lactic acid production. The PLA proposed by Mooben is therefore GMO-free.

 

PLA is also biodegradable and compostable. It is one of the options that could be used to responsibly manage the end of life of this bio-sourced polymer.

 

Package:  25kg per bag /drum, 500kg per bag.

 

Storage: Store in sealed containers at cool (4-8℃)& dry place. Protect from light, moisture and pest infestation.

 

Shelf Life: 2 years.