Approaches to the Environment

[Special Feature 2] ~Effects Expressed in Numbers through cLCA~ Kuraray Group products contribute tothe reduction of CO2 emissions.High gas barrier packaging materials manufacturedusing PLANTIC™ biopolymers.

Recently, the use of biomass materials has been in demand as a foodstuff packaging material. PLANTIC™, one of Kuraray’s products, meets this need.
PLANTIC™ is a material for packaging of foodstuffs made of a biomass-derived raw material. Thanks to its excellent gas barrier performance, PLANTIC™ is widely used in barrier packaging of foodstuffs with a focus on the meat market. Because PLANTIC™ is biomass derived, it absorbs CO2 while it is grown and emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) can be reduced significantly during its life cycle compared with conventional containers made of oil-derived plastics.
Consumers can participate in activities to reduce GHGs by selecting commodities that use PLANTIC™. PLANTIC™ is certified by DIN (German Industrial Standards), AIB-VINCOTTE International S.A. (Belgian certification body) and Japan Organics Recycling Association as a biomass raw material.
Because of its high gas barrier performance, PLANTIC™ is useful in extending shelf life of food items delivered daily such as precooked food, as well as meat. In Australia, PLANTIC™ is already used as gas-replacement packaging trays for meat in major supermarket chains. PLANTIC™ is beginning to be used in Europe and in the United States also. As it can lengthen shelf life, PLANTIC™ is also contributing to the “Reduction of Food Waste*” for which countermeasures are strongly demanded on a global scale.
The scale of the global market for the food packaging business is very large and PLANTIC™ will greatly contribute to reducing GHG emissions and food waste also. Kuraray Group will continue to research the contribution of PLANTIC™ in Europe and the United States in addition to Australia in reducing GHG emissions throughout its life cycle.

Certificate issued by Japan Organics Recycling Association

Biomass mark

Certificate issued by AIB-VINCOTTE International S.A.

  • * Food waste. Foodstuffs that are discarded because they are sub-standard, due to expiration of consume-before dates or for other reasons even though they are essentially edible. It is estimated that 1.3 billion tons of food, which represents one third of the total amount of global foodstuff production, is lost each year.