Plastics and the consumers

Originally plastics were developed to replace natural materials which had restricted shelf lives. Today they are used everywhere for almost any application. However because of a new type of sensitivity towards the future and of an increased awareness towards the environment people all over the world ask for alternatives or require total recycling. Yet this is difficult or extremely expensive in many product areas.
Because of new discoveries and developments it now is possible to produce articles with thermoplasts made from renewable feedstock. Goods made of such materials satisfy the growing demand for sustainable economy, have a high ecological score, and, at the same time, ease disposal problems since they are biodegradable. Further they do not add to the CO2 balance of the atmosphere. These traits are especially valuable for articles which easily get lost in the environment or which do not have to last very long.

Plastics and Biomer

PHB: PHB is a biopolymer which is present in all living organisms. Many bacteria produce PHB in large quantities as storage material (instead of fat, oil, or starch). PHB has thermoplastic properties. It is not toxic and it is totally biodegradable.
Biomer produces PHB and processes it to pellets that can be handled on plastics machines the same way as classic plastics produced from oil.

M. Lemoigne (Pasteur Institute) discovers PHB in bakteria
Grace/ICI start industrial developments
Chemie Linz/PCD initiates a PHB project
Pilot production of 2 tons of PHB
Dr. Hänggi obtains Bakteria and know-how of PCD
Trade name Biomer and Logo registered worldwide

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