Gurgaon-based Hi-Tech International, a know-how sourcing supplier within the area of plastics and packaging, has come out with a plant-based bio-compostable polymer. The biopolymer, made from corn starch, can substitute single- and multiple-use plastic merchandise.
“Corn starch is the principle ingredient within the polymer, which is biodegradable. It is 100 per cent compostable and might substitute plastic bottles, straws, cups, disposable cutlery and polybags,” stated Mukul Sareen, Director, Business Development, Hi-Tech International.
The bio-compostable polymer, branded as Dr. Bio, has obtained the approval of the Institute of Petrochemicals Technology (previously Central Institute of Petrochemicals Technology Engineering and Technology) after assessments.
“Our product, India’s first, was accepted solely after it was discovered to be compostable. Ours is the one Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) accepted biopolymer movie,” the Hi-Tech International official stated.
The firm, which shifted its headquarters to the Haryana metropolis a number of years in the past from Mumbai, has made additional progress with its product.
“We acquired the Central Pollution Control Board licence to start out producing the bio-compostable polymer a number of days in the past and we now have now begun to pitch Dr Bio to numerous clients,” Sareen informed BusinessLine in a telephone interview.
Hi-Tech started producing bio-polymers at its plant in Ludhiana, Punjab, in 2018.
The biopolymer is produced by changing the corn starch right into a granule. “We purchase starch from the mills and go in for polymerisation by means of a mixing course of. This helps us to get polymer granules the best way some petrochemical corporations produce plastic granules,” Sareen stated.
From these granules, the Gurgaon-based firm, established in 1985, produces bottles, cups, trays, polybags and different such supplies. “Corn starch makes up 60-70 per cent of our product. We additionally use biomass to fabricate our merchandise,” he stated.
The biopolymer product getting the obligatory clearances from the authorities is critical since India alone produces 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste yearly. At least 40 per cent of this stays uncollected. The downside with these waste is a few 43 per cent is used for packaging and most are for single-use.
At least 60 per cent of this results in landfills or in open environments. An actual downside with plastics is that out of each 100 kg, at the least 40 kg is just not tapped for reuse.
Stronger than plastics
Though manufacturing prices of biopolymer are increased, it may be offset by producing supplies which have decrease micron ranges than conventional plastic merchandise. “Biopolymers are 2.5 occasions costlier than plastic merchandise however the place it may possibly rating is that you simply can not produce a plastic bag lower than 50 microns. On the opposite hand, we will produce a biopolymer bag of 20 microns,” he stated.
Though the micron degree is decrease, these biopolymers are stronger than the plastic baggage. “A 50 micron typical polybag manufactured from plastic can usually maintain merchandise as much as two kg. Our biopolymer baggage can maintain merchandise as much as 5 kg,” Sareen stated.
Hi-Tech International’s hope for a very good response to its product additionally stems from the brand new regulation that the Centre is planning to provide you with towards elevating the micron degree to 120. “This will make our product extra aggressive in opposition to the plastic merchandise,” he stated.
The firm has commercially launched Dr Bio and a few clients have accepted it. “We are additionally exporting the biopolymers to Europe, the US, South America and South Africa. We have began pitching our product to e-commerce corporations too and up to now, we now have acquired good traction,” he stated.
Hi-Tech, which is a privately held firm, is now seeking to produce comparable biopolymers from potato and tapioca, that are starch supplies.