The waste product from orange processing comes with a whole series of properties that make it particularly attractive for industrial applications. Hard, extremely heat-resistant and transparent, PLimC
is particularly suitable as a material not just for coatings but also for moulded parts for interior and exterior car trims, thermal-insulation foam and adhesives. Valuable product benefits result from the combination with other chemicals. For instance, PLimC
-based plastics can prevent the growth of E. coli bacteria in containers. Hence the material is perfectly suited for medical use in hospitals and care facilities. When combined with water-soluble polymers in bottles, bags or other containers, the bio-polycarbonate can help to counteract the dramatic increase in ocean pollution caused by non-soluble plastic particles. Other scientists as well have already demonstrated that first-rate plastic products can be derived from waste. Bio-based plastics can be produced from wood waste
, palm leaves, potato skins and much more. The environment benefits in two ways: less waste, on the one hand, and a greater number of products without petroleum-based plastics, on the other.