Bio-Pura, the Bioplastic that’s Made from Discarded Olive Pits
Olive pits are discarded during olive oil production but now they can be used as an alternative for plastic. Approximately 3.5 tons of bioplastic can be transformed from 5 tons of locally sourced olive seeds. While it takes 450 years for typical plastics to decompose, this olive-based plastic decomposes within 1 year. Replacing 1 kg of traditional plastic with the same amount of this new material reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 6 kg.
Supplied as plastic granules, the material is applicable for injection molding and is easily colorable. The company has already started to commercialize Bio-Pura for an application in television components with a local Turkish organization. They are also working to produce the material in film format for a 6-pack beer can shrink wrap application. Other applications include consumer electronic casings, automotive interiors, toys, and packaging.
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