K 2022: Kuraray Drives Circular Economy with PLANTIC™ Biopolymer

+++ Kuraray is showing its biopolymer PLANTIC at the K 2022 in Düsseldorf. This material enables innovative and sustainable food packaging.

+++ The PLANTIC film obtained from biomass serves as a gas barrier in packaging, which is later water-soluble and completely biodegradable.

+++ For example, paper packaging that has a PLANTIC and PET layer on the inside can be easily repulped and recycled.

+++ The compostability of PLANTIC, which is made from starch, is also internationally certified.


Hattersheim/Frankfurt am Main, October 17th, 2022. For Kuraray, the globally active specialty chemicals company headquartered in Japan, the focus at K 2022, the world’s leading trade fair for the plastics industry (Düsseldorf, 19-26 October 2022, Hall 7a / Booth D06), will also be on the industry’s trend topics: from climate protection to the circular economy. Kuraray will be showing innovative products for a more sustainable future: for example, the biopolymer PLANTIC™. With the PLANTIC™ film derived from biomass, innovative food packaging is possible that meets all requirements for sustainability and functionality. As a water-soluble and biodegradable gas barrier film, PLANTIC™ opens up completely new possibilities for environmentally friendly packaging concepts for brand owners and converters from the food industry.

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Sustainable paper packaging for coffee beans, with a layer of PLANTIC biopolymer as a gas barrier. (Source: Kuraray)

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Even a thin PLANTIC gas barrier layer reduces the weight and use of materials, such as PET, in MAP trays. (Source: Adobe Stock Photo)

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