What is PLA?

PLA is an eco-friendly polyester thermoplastic polymer made up of Lactic acid produced from renewable agricultural products and byproducts such starch from potatoes, corn and sugar etc., which is refined to a high purity and turned into PLA. 

How can it be used?

PLA is biodegradable and has characteristics that are similar to petroleum based plastics such as polypropylene (PP), polyethylene (PE), or polystyrene (PS).  PLA is a great substitute for petroleum based plastics because it can easily be converted using existing manufacturing equipment (those designed and originally used for petrochemical industry plastics) and is relatively cost efficient to produce.

 

PLAs can be used for a variety of different applications including but not limited to:

What is the end of life for PLA?

Based on a circular economy approach, PLAs can be reused as they can be recycled back to a polymer and made into raw material for new applications or can be used as a renewable feedstock.

PLAs are also industrial compostable and will biologically degrade into the environment within a few days to a few weeks depending on the conditions of compostability. 

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