Bio-based plastics: inspired by nature

Bio-based plastics

We want to move away from the use of petroleum-based plastics. The downsides of petroleum are well known: its use results in considerable CO2 emissions and it will eventually run out, and therefore also become expensive. Plastics can also be produced using sustainable raw materials such as starch or lactic acid. The problem, however, is that petroplastics have some important properties that we do not want to have to give up.

Fermentation offers food producers infinite possibilities


Bacteria, fungi, yeast, algae… Although it’s not something we’re aware of every day, much of what we eat and drink is processed by these microscopic organisms. Fermentation is the natural process which determines the flavour, aroma, colour, nutritional value and shelf-life of many products. As a process it offers food producers infinite possibilities, only a fraction of which are currently being used.

Biodegradable plastic should not be ruled out as a solution

Biodegradable plastic

What is the effect of biodegradable plastic on the ocean litter problem? This is the subject of a recent study by UNEP, the environmental programme of the United Nations. One of the conclusions was that biodegradable plastics do not offer the solution to these problems. Although I largely agree with…