BASF has been researching biodegradable and bio-based polymers for more than 30 years. The continuous development of these high-quality and high-performance materials takes place in close cooperation with customers, research institutes and local authorities. The focus always lies on the best environmental performance, no matter if the product is manufactured from fossil or renewable resources. For each individual application, environmental safety, cost efficiency and the social consequences have to be examined for a product’s entire life cycle in order to find the most suitable material for the right application with the greatest benefit for society. It should also be checked to what extent the biodegradability offers an added value.
Bioplastics do not substitute conventional plastics but complement them as special materials which offer new properties and application possibilities. They are, for example, the optimal solution for organic waste bags, compostable fruit and vegetable bags, compostable food packaging or agricultural mulch films. Correctly employed, biopolymers can contribute to reducing food waste, returning nutrients to the soil by means of greater volumes of compost generated and to avoiding the accumulation of plastics in the soil.