Bioplastics are plastics made from plant and renewable resources.
Among all plants, starch potato offers many advantages for the production of bioplastics:
• Its yield per hectare of starch.
• Its neutral olfactory properties.
• A new generation of bioplastics without plasticizer.
Over 20 varieties for the starch industry
• Cultivated in the North and East of France.
• Rich in starch (from 17% to 21%).
• Natural irrigation.
• Kaptah Vandel, Amyla, Epona… more than 20 varieties which are exclusively intended for the industry.
• 1.2 million tonnes of starch potatoes produced in France in 2006.
Bioplastics, promising outlets for sustainable agriculture
Currently, the main outlets for the 1,250,000 tonnes of French starch potatoes are stationery and agrifood.
Other outlets are growing rapidly, such as trash bags, agricultural films and FEL GEL.
Other applications are being studied for the plastics, textiles and adhesives industry.
Starch contains amylose, the basic sugar of the plant world
Amylose is present in over 50 plants including potatoes, corn, wheat, rice, cassava, etc., and is used in many industries:
• Food industry: sugar or cakes, sauces, soups, desserts, desserts.
• Stationery to improve the qualities of paper / cardboard.
• Pharmacy to link the components of the tablets.
• Chemistry, to replace petroleum, especially for plastics.
Starch and vegetable chemistry
Plant and renewable resources make it possible to manufacture almost all products
from petroleum. Indeed, they have the same origin: carbon.
But plants have a major advantage: they are renewable and neutral vis-à-vis the greenhouse effect.
In addition, products from plant and renewable resources are neither toxic nor polluting.
The biodegradable trash bag is an alternative to the traditional polyethylene trash bag
which everyone knows will ultimately be necessary to do without.