Mirel bioplastics are produced using a renewable feedstock: plant-derived sugar. Mirel is made from a family of PHA bioplastics that are biobased, biodegradable, and compostable, yet have the performance characteristics that are essential to today’s plastic materials. Mirel is biodegradable in natural soil and water environments, home composting systems, and industrial composting facilities, where these facilities are available. However, like nearly all other bioplastics and organic matter, Mirel is not designed to biodegrade in landfills. The rate and extent of Mirel’s biodegradability will depend on the size and shape of the articles made from it. Mirel is a remarkable achievement for the industry and provides a practical alternative for applications where many conventional plastics are in use.
Instead of using fossil carbon, which is the raw material for manufacturing conventional plastics, biobased plastics are made with carbon from renewable feedstocks, such as sugar, starch, vegetable oils, and cellulose. Sugar is the most commonly used feedstock for bioplastics. There are other biobased plastic solutions, but Mirel is the only performance bioplastic material that delivers a biodegradable alternative. While some bioplastics need to be composted at high temperatures, Mirel bioplastics can also be composted in low-temperature environments, such as those common in home composting.
Mirel’s promise of delivering performance biobased plastics is so enticing that leading companies are currently testing it in more than 70 different products. These successful companies are looking to Mirel bioplastics to meet their product performance needs with a biobased and biodegradable material, helping to reduce waste in the environment.