Bioplastics are finding their niche in thermoforming applications. Andrew Blackmore, director of sales for Display Pack Inc. (Grand Rapids, MI), and Peter Gianniny of Klockner Pentaplast, noted in their joint presentation at the SPE Thermoforming Conference that TerraPET, a bio-based material using root-based raw materials such as corn, sugar beets, and cane, has found acceptance in certain applications.
However, they warned the attendees that while the material will “break down, fragment, and decompose,” it must be qualified and quantified. “Be sure you’re not getting into greenwashing,” said Blackmore. “Claims have led to a lot of confusion on this issue.” ...