Alternate to Plastics: Emerging Technology Assessment

Novel Renewable Raw Materials that can Replace Single Use Plastics in Wide Range of Applications

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Piling up of millions of tons of plastics in landfills and other suitable environment results in the release of harmful contaminants in to the soil and groundwater. Leaching of hazardous contaminants in to the soil reduces the fertility of the soil required for agriculture and excessive seepage of leachates also spoils the quality of groundwater. This increases soil and groundwater toxicity, which makes it unsuitable for any human activity. Burning of plastics also releases toxic fumes in to the surrounding environment and this leads to rapid air pollution. Inhalation of poisonous chemicals and other green house gases emitted during air pollution results in the deterioration of human and animal health. The toxi

Table of Contents

1.0 Executive Summary1.1 Research Scope 1.2 Research Process and Methodology1.3 Key Findings in Emerging Innovations for Alternates to Plastics2.0 Overview of Alternates to Plastics2.1 Lack of Biodegradability of Single Use Plastics Facilitates Enhanced Recovery of Used Plastics from the Environment 2.2 Dumping of Plastics in Oceans Creates Huge Garbage Patches, which Can Destroy Several Aquatic Ecosystems2.3 Overview on Plastic Scrap Composition in Oceans2.4 Overview on Time Span for Plastics to Biodegrade2.5 Hazardous Plastic Materials Contributing to Negative Impact on Human Health and Environment2.6 Significance of Reducing Synthetic Plastic Consumption2.7 Overview on Alternates to Synthetic Plastics2.8 Regulatory Frameworks in the US for Reducing Single Use Plastics2.9 Regulatory Frameworks in Europe for Reducing Single Use Plastics2.10 Regulatory Frameworks in Asia for Reducing Single Use Plastics2.11 Utilization of Sustainable Raw Materials Reduces Carbon Footprint and Energy Consumption2.12 Main Drivers for Using Alternatives to Plastics - Explained2.13 Lack of Awareness and Lesser Stakeholders Involved are Major Challenges to the Use of Sustainable Materials2.14 Key Challenges for Using Alternatives to Plastics – Explained3.0 Emerging Technologies in Alternates to PlasticsEmerging Sustainable Technologies in Bioplastic Production 3.1 Emerging Innovations based out of Ring Opening Polymerization Technology in Non-packaging – Electronic Industry3.1.1 Castor Oil and Sebacic Acid-based Polymers for the Manufacture of Electronic Devices 3.1.2 Lactic Acid-based Polymers Increasing Longevity of Electronic Equipment3.1.3 Corn- and Beet Sugar-based Fibers Replacing Styrene and Halogenic Compounds in the Manufacture of Electronic Appliances3.1.4 Potato Starch-based Biopolymers with Increased Biodegradability Used in Electronic Applications3.2 Emerging Innovations-based out of Elastomerization Technology in Packaging – Cosmetic Industry3.2.1 Biodegradable Labels and Adhesives Replacing Petrochemical Compounds in Cosmeceutical Packaging3.2.2 Use of Proprietary Cellulose-based Bioplastics for Increasing Shelf Life of Packaging Materials in the Cosmeceutical Industry3.2.3 Blending of Plant-based Extracts with Biodegradable Cellophane Material for Manufacturing Cosmeceutical Packaging Products3.3 Emerging Innovations-based out of Elastomerization Technology in Packaging – Food and Beverage 3.3.1 Bagasse-based Compostable Packaging Materials Used in the Food and Beverage Industries3.3.2 Potato- and Corn-based Packaging Materials Having Excellent Heat Absorbing Capabilities Used in the Packaging Industry 3.3.3 Biodegradable Packaging Material-based Out of Renewable Feedstocks to Reduce the Burden on Landfills3.3.4 Proprietary Pulping Technologies Used on Kenaf- and Straw-based Packaging Material in the Food Industry3.3.5 PHA-based Biodegradable Plastics Used in the Food and Cosmeceutical Industry3.3.6 Blending of Renewable Materials with Conventional Plastics to Increase Biodegradability3.3.7 Biobased Packaging Materials with Excellent Transparency and Clarity4.0 Analysis and Recommendations4.1 Sustainability Index – Comparison of Conventional Plastics with Bioplastics 4.2 Comparison of Carbon Footprint and Energy Consumption4.3 Application Overview of Bioplastics4.4 Impact of Regulatory Frameworks on Reducing Plastics4.5 SWOT Analysis for the Use of Bioplastics4.6 Region wise Recommendations for Managing Plastic Waste5.0 Growth Opportunities5.1 Growth Opportunity 1: Business Models – Clean Oceans Alliance5.2 Growth Opportunity 2: Business Models – Reducing Marine Debris5.3 Growth Opportunity 3: New Capabilities – Ban on Single Use Plastic5.4 Growth Opportunity 4: Partnerships – Ban on Single Use Plastic6.0 Conclusions6.1 Key Conclusions7.0 Industry Contacts7.1 Key ContactsLegal Disclaimer




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