Environmental responsibility is a part of everyday business and consumer life. The increasing focus on healthier living, natural products, and protecting our environment is generating demand for functional products and packaging that do not burden our natural world. As a result of this positive trend, industry leaders, creative brand owners, and retailers are looking to bioplastics to help support their brand’s environmental profile and corporate sustainability goals.
High-performance bioplastics have arrived. Mirel™ bioplastics are biobased and biodegradable (PHAs are the only non-starch bioplastics that are both). Mirel bioplastics are biodegradable in natural soil and water environments, home composting systems, and industrial composting facilities (in areas 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 bioplastics combine the expected durability and versatility of traditional petroleum-based plastics with biodegradable properties, providing brand owners with a unique material for use in their products.
Conventional plastics materials like PVC, PET, and PP are made from petroleum (fossil carbon). The PHA in Mirel bioplastics is made through the fermentation of sugar and can be biodegraded by the microbes present in natural soil or water environments. Our story is simple. Mirel provides a biobased and biodegradable alternative solution when disposed of in the appropriate environment.