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Japanese company makes biodegradable resin from cellulose

June 19/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Environmental problems such as plastic pollution, global warming due to human population explosion, are getting severe in the world and especially the microplastic problem in the marine environment is becoming a devastating issue, said Chemweek.

It is predicted that the amount of plastic garbage will be more than that of fish in the world by 2050. There are also some scientific reports that these microplastics are already in our human body. Therefore, plastic recycling, reduction of plastic usage itself, and biodegradable plastic usage and development, have been intensively challenged and carried out.

In this regard, Dr. Ryohei Mori at Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. has developed biodegradable Textile, fiber, yarn, film with cellulose based resin. They have also applied their nano cellulose composite technology into this cellulose based material, and made so to speak "cellulose + nano cellulose" material and products.  Green Science Alliance had confirmed previously that mixed nano cellulose in the biodegradable resin can increase biodegradability. This "cellulose + nano cellulose" resin is a very interesting new type of biodegradable resin material. In addition, cellulose can be said to be a very environmentally friendly biodegradable resin since most of biodegradable resins are composed of either petroleum or edible biomass. Using edible biomass such as corn, sugarcane, potato, etc. as raw material can be risky since they compete with human nutritious food.

They will keep making an effort to improve resin properties such as mechanical properties, molding properties, etc., in order to create good biodegradable resin fiber, yarn, film, as well as non-woven.

As MRC informed earlier, Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. is collaborating with Kaisei Inc. on a project aimed at the development of bio-PP at commercial scale. The project has been adopted by Japan's Ministry of the Environment as part of its plans for a carbon-free society ambition. Mitsui Chemicals' bio-PP pilot project will aid in the countrys effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's PP shipments to the Russian market totalled 347,440 tonnes in January-April 2020 (calculated by the formula production minus export plus import). Supply exclusively of PP random copolymer increased.

Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:Bioplastiki, PP, Mitsui, Japan.
Category:General News
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