What is PLA?
PLA is an acronym that stands for polylactic acid. PLA is a resin or biorestin typically made from corn starch or other plant-based starches. PLA is used to make clear compostable containers and PLA lining is used in paper or fiber cups and containers as an impermeable liner. PLA is biodegradable and fully compostable. It uses 65% less energy to produce than conventional oil-based plastics, it also generates 68% fewer greenhouse gasses and contains no toxins.
Unlike most widely used plastics, polylactic acid “plastic” is not plastic at all and is instead a plastic alternative made from renewable resources that can include anything from corn starch to sugarcane. In the years since its inception, many more benefits of PLA have been discovered that make it a positive substitute for high-pollutant plastics. At Green Paper Products, we are constantly on the lookout for this substitute, as it is an ideal candidate to use in disposable products.
The renewability of materials used to make PLA allows the end result to have a number of distinct advantages.
For more information about PLA, you can visit our Learning Library or our blog post about PLA.
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