PLA boxes

These beautiful biodegradable PLA containers are a durable and elegant solution particularly suitable for those who, by ethical choice or for marketing, want to strengthen their green footprint.

Pla, in fact, is a completely biodegradable material (and is disposed of as organic waste) while maintaining complete transparency and hot and cold printable in polychrome, for fundamentalists yes, we can also use completely natural and certified colors!

As for PET, the thickness of the material is chosen according to the mechanical characteristics necessary for the packaging.

In addition to being biodegradable, we should also remember that PLA, or polylactic acid, is a polymer also from renewable sources, which is obtained from the polymerization of lactic acid derived from dextrose, that is, from sugar.

The Pla used by Ceruti comes from sugar cane but can potentially derive

also from corn, beetroot, wheat and other sugar-rich plants.

To confirm the sustainability of the PLA is the fact that it is a non-expanded polymer with pentane e

that comes from renewable sources.

Totally compatible with our machinery, it offers users a valid alternative to polymers

derived from oil, with a view to protecting the environment and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Out of curiosity: dextrose is converted into lactic acid through a fermentation process and then into versatile polymers that can be used to produce resins similar to plastic or fibers.

The thermoformed PLA is already used for transporting refrigerant and protective containers as well as material

sustainable insulation in the construction sector.

Why is sugar cane used?

Natural sugar is essential in the production of PLA and sugar cane is very abundant.

About 2.5 kg of sugar cane is used to produce 1 kg of PLA.

What is the difference between biodegradable and compostable?

The biodegradable materials can decompose into infinitesimal parts, thanks to a bio-activity and which determine the change of the chemical structure.

On the contrary, those materials which, when exposed to certain conditions, decompose totally, leaving no visible or toxic residue, are called compostable.

An oak twig, for example, is not compostable because it decomposes too slowly. In other words, composting is the complete biodegradability process.

The time span of biodegradation is closely related to factors such as temperature, humidity, oxygenation, concentration of microorganisms that the substance encounters in its biodegradation process.

How quickly does the PLA break down completely?

It takes 6-8 weeks, within industrial composting facilities. In optimal composting conditions, PLA products decompose in 8-12 weeks.

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