According to the last report in December 2014 by European Bioplastics, the global production of bioplastic material will increase by more than 400% from 2013 to 2018. Bioplastics are understood to be those that come from renewable sources (totally or partially), biodegradable packaging materials, and those that meet these two characteristics. They are environmentally more sustainable products.
Production from renewable sources can be based on the use of wastewater, organic waste and reduced cost by-products. Biopolymers are generated by fermentation, extractive and polymerization processes, and have various applications, such as containers for food and cosmetics.
Bioplastics, in certain applications, can acquire print, transparency, brightness and barrier properties similar to conventional plastics. Furthermore, they can be recycled with plastics obtained from fossil sources.