Rodenburg, Taghleef, Mars Inc.
Packaging material contributes heavily to the global production plastic waste, of which only a low percentage is recycled. Rodenburg, Taghleef and Mars Inc. have found a method of producing flexible packaging material. In order to accomplish this, their process combines potato starch with polylactic acid (PLA) waste, which is a biodegradable polymer made of plant starch. The result of this is a food grade polymer film that is biodegradable and takes only a third of energy to produce compared to oil-based alternatives. Thus the technology has considerable economic benefits and reduces waste streams in the process.