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Biodegradable bioplastics reduce food waste in the USA through composting efforts

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In the realm of sustainable food and drink packaging, composting PLA (Polylactic Acid) bioplastics is gaining traction in the United States. Luminy® PLA bioplastics offer a 100% biobased, chemically & mechanically recyclable, and industrially compostable solution, breaking down into organic matter. This approach aims to divert organic waste, including PLA bioplastics, from landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Composting plays a crucial role in diverting organic waste from landfills, enriching soil quality, boosting agricultural productivity, and decreasing reliance on chemical fertilizers. Despite growing interest, composting PLA bioplastics in the USA faces challenges due to limited infrastructure. While some facilities can handle PLA, many struggle, causing confusion among consumers and operational obstacles.

Lang Phommahaxay, market segment leader in the Americas at TotalEnergies Corbion, emphasizes the necessity for infrastructure development to align with the rising demand for compostable plastics. “In an era focused on environmental sustainability, infrastructure must keep pace,” Phommahaxay notes. “Luminy® PLA meets the demand for compostable plastics and aligns with evolving legislative standards, awaiting the readiness of composting facilities.”

Recognizing these challenges, there is a growing push to compost PLA bioplastics as part of broader waste reduction and sustainability initiatives. Government agencies, businesses, and organizations are collaborating to bridge infrastructure gaps, enhance labeling, and improve certification standards for effective composting of PLA bioplastics.

TotalEnergies Corbion, known for its sustainable PLA bioplastics solutions, is dedicated to driving innovation and environmental stewardship in the American market through Luminy® PLA. As demand for compostable plastics rises and legislative landscapes evolve, TotalEnergies Corbion continues to offer advanced solutions meeting regulatory standards and surpassing environmental expectations.

To explore Luminy® PLA’s diverse applications and collaborations with partners globally, TotalEnergies Corbion invites visitors to Booth S30203 at the upcoming NPE Plastics Fair 2024. Taking place from May 6 to 10, 2024, at the Orange County Convention Center, this event provides an ideal platform to engage with Luminy® PLA’s innovations and TotalEnergies Corbion’s sustainability commitments.

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