Bioplastic is no longer a strange concept to the plastic industry, as well as other application industries. However, coffee bioplastics (made from coffee grounds) may be quite new to the Vietnam market.
What is coffee bioplastic?
If bioplastic is simply understood as raw materials produced from plant origin such as starch, bamboo, seaweed, bagasse, etc., coffee bioplastic is simply created from coffee grounds.
Depending on the needs of use, coffee bioplastic will be mixed with PP or PE plastic at an appropriate level, in order to create products to serve the consumer demand of the market.
Benefits that bioplastic brings
Reduce environmental pollution & dependence on fossil fuels
Traditional single-use plastic products are often created from fossil fuels (petroleum) which is a limited resource and if they continue to be exploited, they will be exhausted. The traditional plastic production process will increase the rate of CO2 production in the atmosphere, leading to an increase in average temperature and the greenhouse effect will occur. This is considered a serious issue of concern in global climate protection.
However, coffee bioplastics have the ability to reduce this pollution, tests show that bioplastics emit lower CO2 levels than traditional plastics, at the same time, they also have the ability to convert into water, biomass which are not harmful to the ecosystem.
Possessing many outstanding features, but coffee bioplastic has a quite competitive price, only equal or very little difference or very little difference compared to other traditional plastic materials. This is considered an extremely attractive advantage for businesses and companies wishing to buy this material.
In fact, the applicability of coffee bioplastics is not inferior to that of traditional plastics, they have the ability to replace almost all other traditional plastic products in many fields such as construction, furniture, automobile manufacturing, packaging production or consumer goods production… Therefore, there is more and more interest in this product.
Biopolimer has launched a coffee bio-composite – a product of the bioplastic group with a composition containing more than 50% coffee grounds. Currently, the product has been applied to produce many unique finished products such as cups, boxes, knives and forks, pens…
The plastic industry in Vietnam is valued to be a thriving industry, with many applied products to meet domestic demand and export to the world.
Regarding the consumption structure of traditional plastic materials in Vietnam, PP, PE and PET currently account for the largest proportion with consumption in 2019 respectively reaching about 2 million tons, 1.7 million tons and 150,000 tons.
In addition, in the usage structure of Vietnam’s plastic industry, packaging plastic accounts for the largest proportion, up to 36%. Therefore, if it is possible to partially replace these plastics, the potential for bioplastic use in Vietnam is relatively large. For that reason, our product is expected to be a new and “hot” raw material in the next few years.