Polylactic Acid (PLA) Plastic

PLA is a biodegradable plastic derived from renewable resources such as the starch found in corn. This material is very clear and can be easily recycled. Commonly, PLA is used for thermoformed applications in the food industry, but is increasing in popularity for the retail industry.

Polylactic Acid (PLA) Characteristics

  • Clarity – clear transparent
  • Strength – low impact capacity and brittle
  • Ability to be down-gauged
  • Alcohol and water resistant
  • Not suitable for hot filling
  • Compatible with existing recycling systems
  • Can be composted, landfilled and incinerated easily

Polylactic Acid (PLA) Common Forms

  • Disposable tableware i.e. cups for cold beverages, carry-out containers, eating utensils
  • Deli containers
  • Fruit and vegetable trays
  • Packaging for refrigeration and deep freezing
  • Consumer goods packaging

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