A biodegradable film for the replacement of single use plastic was recently released during the 256th meeting of the governing body of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) at the National Agricultural Science Centre Complex, New Delhi. These PLA (Poly Lactic Acid) and Corn Starch based biodegradable films were developed using the commercial extrusion blown molding method.
The thickness, transparency of this film and carrying capacity are comparable with the presently used conventional plastic for different uses including single use plastic. Carry bags of the different sizes – 350×300 MM; 400×300 MM; 450×450 MM- were developed for handling of 1 to 2 kilograms of fruits and vegetables; pairs of clothes/ food-grains and clothes.
Mass scale production cost of this biodegradable film is expected to be the same as that of commercial plastic film. This film can be considered as a true replacement of presently used single use plastic, ICAR sources said.
Bio-polymers driven research would contribute to a sustainable environment, generation of high value from agriculture feed stocks) and environment-friendly raw materials for healthy life, an ICAR press statement said.
(According to The Times of India: https://timesofindia-indiatimes-com.translate.goog/business/india-business/biodegradable-film-developed-to-replace-single-use-plastic/articleshow/92661993.cms?_x_tr_sl=en&_x_tr_tl=vi&_x_tr_hl=vi&_x_tr_pto=op,sc)