Bioplastic for feedstuff packaging

Since the problem of recycling plastic waste is quite pressing for farmers, for several years now there has been another direction to solve it: the development of biodegradable packaging for feedstuff or bioplastics.

In theory, bioplastic is an ideal substitute for conventional packaging materials. However, there are certain difficulties with both their implementation and processing. All this is because the consumer needs reliable protection for a period of several months, or better yet, from 1 year. Accordingly, after use, such packaging requires special conditions for decomposition.

However, the main disadvantage of bioplastics is not even the difficulty of organizing a place for the subsequent self-disintegration of the material, but the price. It is difficult for biodegradable packaging materials to compete with conventional plastic, which is cheap and bends well. In addition, degradability is both a plus and a minus of the material. Not every farmer is ready to switch to this concept and entrust the preservation of feedstuff to a new type of packaging.

Another challenge in bioplastics production is raw materials. Most often they are obtained from the same materials that would be used to produce food. Thus, there is a conflict with the food supply chain.

Many bioplastics that are made today tend to lose flexibility over time. And when you try to change the product formula to correct this, problems arise with the permeability of the material, which is also an important characteristic. But our researchers are still trying to solve all the problems associated with developing a new biodegradable material ideal for bale netting. And now we have certain achievements, which you can read about in this article. We hope to be able to bring you news of our biodegradable bale net wrap by Polypak which will meet our high standards.

So far, bioplastic-based packaging materials have not yet become widely available and commonplace. However, the issue of minimizing the environmental damage from agricultural plastics is important and has several solutions.