PepsiCo chip bags nab bioplastics prize

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In Washington, the Bioplastics division of the Plastics Industry Association has awarded Danimer Scientific and PepsiCo the 2018 Innovation in Bioplastics award for their biobased, compostable chip packaging made from Danimer resins.

The bags balance sustainability, performance and cost, according to PIA, by combining biopolymers and mineral filler processable on blown film lines. The bags are being tested in the United States and Chile, with tests planned for India later this year.

“As the industry becomes more environmentally conscious, we look forward to continuing our partnership with PepsiCo to develop quality, compostable and biodegradable plastic products for a wide variety of applications,” said Scott Tuten, chief marketing officer at Danimer Scientific.

The two companies are also working on a chip bag made from Danimer’s PHA  for biodegrading in home composters. PepsiCo has set a goal of using only using packaging that is recyclable, compostable or biodegradable by 2025.