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.