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PLA from food-waste

Posted by Emmanuel 
PLA from food-waste
March 24, 2013 07:35AM
Just rediscovered this business case from the Blue Economy : [www.blueeconomy.eu]

Something that should be considered by all our manufacturers.


Prof Shirai from the Kyushu Institute of Technology studied the option to convert garbage into plastics and applied a bacterial treatment that generated a PLA (poly-lactic acid) comparable to those made from fresh corn starch. A consortium of private enterprises committed to zero emissions built the factory and presented a new business model: Instead of having to pay for raw materials and compete with food and fuel, the restaurants in Japan pay in order to have their waste collected by the plastic makers.

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