What are bioplastics?
To date, there is no uniform definition, but a distinction is made between two properties of bioplastics: 1. biobased and 2. biodegradable.According to the German Federal Environment Agency, biobased products come partly or entirely from renewable raw materials, which can be biodegradable or non-biodegradable. Promotional products made from bio-based plastic are bamboo tableware and bio-buttons made from natural raw materials. You can find more examples in our store. According to DIN EN 13432, biodegradable means that a material decomposes (after a specified time and under ideal composting conditions) to more than 90% water, carbon dioxide (CO2) and biomass. Currently, the three most common degradable plastics are starch plastics, polylactide (PLA) and polyhydroxy fatty acids (PHF). The main basic components are cellulose and sugar, and above all starch, which is mainly obtained from corn, wheat and potatoes. Promotional items made of biodegradable plastic are fruit gum sachets, soap dishes, ballpoint pens, or drinking bottles made of sugar cane.