Plastic Suppliers, Inc. (PSI), the parent company of Sidaplax Belgium, a global manufacturer of biopolymer EarthFirstÒ PLA barrier and non-barrier sealant films, has announced that it will be using Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA to produce a new line of biodegradable packaging films.
PHA materials, or polyhydroxyalkanoates, are biopolyesters that are synthesized by a bacterium fed by inexpensive oils derived from the seeds of plants such as canola, soy, and palm. Tested by University of Georgia, USA (UGA) researchers and the UGA New Materials Institute, PHA is a proven biodegradable alternative to petrochemical plastics.
Danimer Scientific will work with PSI-Sidaplax to create customized resins that will offer additional end-of-life options to PSI-Sidaplax’ already existing line of industrial compostable films. The new PHA-based films will include home compostable as well as soil and marine degradable options.
The new films will be designed for a wide range of applications across food, beverage, grocery retailer, quick service restaurant, stadium foodservice, and many other consumer packaged goods and industrial segments.
“The evolution of our films’ ability to compost or degrade in various natural environments underscores our commitment to bio-based packaging films,” said George Thomas, CEO of PSI-Sidaplax
Danimer Scientific’s Nodax PHA possesses seven TÜV AUSTRIA certifications and statements of industrial and home compostability, is biodegradable in anaerobic conditions, soil, freshwater and marine environments and is 100% bio-based. All of Danimer Scientific’s biopolymers, including its Nodax PHA, are FDA approved for food contact.