Europe has always been a trend-setter when it comes to all things “green,” environmentally-speaking. So news that the consumption of biodegradable and compost-able plastic products in Europe is expected to increase 300% from 2015 to 2020 should be taken very seriously indeed by the plastic powers-that-be stateside. While plastic recycling is regarded as the height of environmental responsibility here, plastic products or containers that biodegrade, or can be added to a garden compost pile, are all the rage across the pond.
But it isn’t just bags that are being produced: researchers also found that a variety of bio-based PLA cups and containers used for service and retail packaging were being sold in sizable quantities.
PLA is used for a wide range of applications, everything from non-woven fiber products or apparel, to beverage bottles and packaging foams.