Biopolymers (full name – biodegradable polymers) differ from other plastics in that they decompose in the environment under the influence of physical factors and microorganisms – bacteria or fungi. The polymer is generally considered to be biodegradable if its entire mass decomposes in soil or water over a period of six months, which makes it possible to solve the waste problem. In many cases, the decay products of biopolymers are carbon dioxide and water. Any other decomposition products or residues should be investigated for the presence of toxic substances and safety. Biodegradable polymers can be processed using most standard plastics manufacturing techniques, including hot forming, extrusion, injection molding and blow molding.
Now the development of biopolymers is carried out in three main areas: the production of biodegradable polyesters based on hydroxycarboxylic acids; biodegradability of industrial polymers and the production of plastics on the basis of reproducible natural components. All these technologies are actively developing in the US and Europe, China, Japan and Korea. But in Russia the search for technologies for the production of polymers from renewable raw materials and biodegradable plastics is significantly complicated – the development of new technologies is a pleasure expensive, and there is still enough oil in the country. Nevertheless, we consider the main proposals of the market for biopolymers