All packaging produced by IIC is also available in bioplastics. The term bioplastic refers to both biodegradable plastics and plastics made from renewable biological raw materials (biobased). These can be obtained from materials such as sugar cane, corn, cassava and olive seeds. We have been successfully researching and developing new bioplastics for several years and are happy to discuss the possibilities and opportunities.
Characteristics of bioplastics
Bioplastics are undergoing constant development and their use is often limited to specific shapes. IIC has the experience and expertise to guide you to the best options for your bioplastic packaging.
There are many advantages to our bio-based plastics packaging:
- produced from renewable raw materials
- partially biodegradable
- reduced greenhouse gas emissions
- conservation of fossil resources
- recycling of by-products
Three biobased plastics
Thermoplastic starch (TPS)
TPS is a thermoplastic biopolymer in which starch from corn, potatoes or tapioca is processed into granules. With a market share of 80%, TPS is one of the most important bioplastics. It is biodegradable and is used in packaging such as trays, dishes and cups. In our study we investigated the characteristics of TPS based on Tapioca starch. It was found that the material has a lower mechanical strength and lower thermal characteristics than PLA. However, it has a significantly lower carbon footprint than most bio-based materials.
Learn about TPS and its properties.
Bio-Polyethylene based on Sugar Cane (Bio-PE)
Sugar cane is also suitable as a basic raw material for bioplastic. In our test, the material showed very good chemical characteristics and is resistant in a low-acid environment. Bio-PE is mainly bio-based – but not biodegradable. It has a low CO2 footprint (0.256 kg CO² per kg) and a good barrier. It is therefore suitable for products with a long service life such as buckets, closures or household products.
Learn about sugar cane bio PE and its properties.
PLA is produced by polymerisation from lactic acid, which in turn is obtained from the fermentation of sugar and starch. PLA can be produced as a rapidly degradable plastic or as a variation that will last for years. The disadvantage is the low softening point of 60°Celsius, which makes the plastic unsuitable for hot products (cups, dishes, …). In our PLA material good flow behaviour is shown, therefore making it suitable for packaging applications.
Learn about PLA and its properties.
IIC's ensures Mondelez's Philadelphia brand stands out on shelf with new format
Differentiation is key in the retail trade to stand out against other products on the shelf and catch the customer's eye. For Mondelez, we were asked to suggest a new format that would be eye-catching and provide great brand presence for one of its Philadelphia products.
Weight-reduced PP/PET packaging for the food industry
With our weight-reduced PP/PET packaging, we have been able to significantly reduce the proportion of plastic by using the removable carton sleeve. The packaging is suitable for meat, fish and ready meals, is easy to recycle and it provides plenty of space for your designs.
Fresh packaging formats for fresh soup
As a leading supplier within the Fresh-Soup sector, IIC can offer the best possible presentation for your product. IIC's soup tubs are leak-proof to ensure that every drop of flavour can be savoured by the customer, and offered in a range of volumes as well as shapes!
IIC Packaging's confectionery tubs are made to catch the consumer's eye
Designed to be stackable and available in a variety of shapes from round, square, rectangular, oval or bespoke, it doesn't matter whether your company's sweet treat is compact and pocket-sized, like fruit gum, or available in larger quantities like cereals, biscuits, licorice, or bars, IIC Packaging can provide the perfect packaging.
With our weight-reduced PP/PET packaging, we were able to significantly reduce the proportion of plastic by using the removable carton. The packaging for meat, fish and ready meals is easy to recycle, provides a lot of space for your designs and was named one of 20 top innovations in the field of sustainable packaging.
IIC's Percy Pig pack proves popular
IIC Packaging has produced the delightful new ice-cream bucket for Percy Pig, contributing to the high success of the line. The brief was to develop a weight-reduced bucket with high transparency in order to highlight the finer points of the new “Percy-Pig” ice cream.
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