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how compostable materials should be handled,” says Hudson. “Improved labelling, waste collection, and municipal composting facilities are all needed to support a transition to compostable materials, creating the same level of awareness that the public has towards recycling.” PLA producer Total Corbion PLA has begun


front-end engineering design for a 100,000 tpa plant in Grandpuits, France. The plant, due to be operational in 2024, will be the first of its kind in Europe and, added to its existing 75,000 tpa capacity in Thailand, would take Total Corbion PLA’s global capacity to 175,000 tpa. In compari- son, NatureWorks produces PLA at a 150,000 tpa plant in Nebraska, USA. Total Corbion PLA was at the Chinaplas exhibi- tion in Shenzhen in April, showing partner applica- tions based on its Luminy PLA. The portfolio includes both high heat and standard PLA grades and is used in a wide range of markets, from packaging to durable consumer goods and electronics. One interesting product was a water bottle that has been launched with a take-back scheme and is currently undergoing trials to be chemically recycled by Total Corbion PLA. The


company says it intends to launch Luminy PLA made from post-consumer and post-industrial PLA recyclate shortly. In April, SABIC launched the first bio-based compound in its LNP Thermocomp range, for demanding applications in electrical/electronics, healthcare and elsewhere. The flame-retardant, carbon fibre-reinforced polycarbonate, LNP Thermocomp DC0041PE-7M1D145W, has a carbon footprint potentially 17% smaller than an existing grade with the same properties, DC0041PE-7M1D145. It can therefore be used as a drop-in alternative. Says Joshua Chiaw, Director, Business Manage-


ment, LNP Compounds & Noryl Resins, at SABIC: “All aspects of the value chain, from raw materials to finished goods, are certified through ISCC and compliant with regional and global regulations.” SABIC says that, by weight, 21% of fossil-based


materials used for the compound have been replaced with bio-based materials derived from waste or residue, such as crude tall oil and hy- drotreated vegetable oils (based on a mass balance approach). It also contains over 50% post-consumer recycled resin and post-industrial recycled carbon


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