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Bioplastics

Bioplastics as a business
Plantura is a commercial brand of Benvic, entirely dedicated to the development
of biopolymers derived from renewable resources. Sustainable Plastics spoke
with Vittorio Bortolon, director in charge of the development of the biobased
range of product for Benvic, about the growing interest in his company's
products. Can bioplastics fulfil their promise?

> Electric appliances from
Plantura PLA

< Chair with seat
and back from
Plantura PLA

W

hen it comes
to bioplastics,
misconceptions abound.
Bioplastics are by no means all
biodegradable or compostable.
And even biodegradable bioplastics do not all simply degrade in the environment; most
need to be treated in industrial
composting facilities.
Some bio-

plastics are even made from oil.
According to Vittorio Bortolon,
the term 'bioplastics' is a misnomer, if there ever was one.
"The definition creates confusion from the beginning, as it
refers both to compostable biodegradable material and material derived from renewable
sources," he explained.
Industrial or home compostable materials may be derived from biomass - or from
fossil resources. Both are considered bioplastics.
The other group of bioplastics is more properly known as
plastics derived from renewable
sources; and this second group
can be divided into either biobased biodegradable polymers
or bio-based durable polymers.
Polymers based on biomass
that are also biodegradable

include, for example PHA and
PHB. On the other hand, there
are bio-based materials that are
not compostable or biodegradable, but that still are derived
from renewable sources, such
as sugarcane or cassava. The
main resins in this group are
'drop-in' materials: bio-PA, bioPE bio-PVC or bio-PET.
"Here, with the brand Plantura,
we are training our customers to
understand these differences, so
that we can better understand
what they want," Bortolon noted.

From idea to company
The idea behind Plantura was
to show that plastics derived
from biomass could be a business. And the name?
"Plantura is a fantasy name,"
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