Berry Partners with USDA-ARS to Produce PLA-based Biodegradable Thermoplastics for Packaging
- Jun 22, 2011
Berry Plastics Corporation (Berry) has teamed up with the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the in-house research arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), to create sustainable solutions in packaging. A totally biodegradable, competitively priced, thermoplastic is in the early stages of development for use in food containers. The plastic is manufactured from a biodegradable polymer, poly(lactic acid) (PLA), and up to 70% of sugar beet pulp (SBP).
SBP is a fiber-rich byproduct of beet sugar processing. The U.S. beet sugar industry generates more than 1.5 million tons of dry pulp each year, which are mainly used as low-value livestock feed. ARS scientist, Dr. LinShu Liu and his colleagues in the Eastern Regional...
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