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YENECO was founded in response to the growing understanding of the harmful effects on our environment caused by oil based plastics. In a report published in December 2017 by the Environmental Audit Committee, we learnt that if marine plastic pollution continues to rise at its current rate, the amount of plastic in the sea will outweigh fish by 2050.

In another recent report commissioned by Orb Media, researchers at The State University of New York in Fredonia found that 93% of 259 bottles from 11 leading international bottled water brands were contaminated with plastics.

Our aim is to offer responsibly sourced and 100% biodegradable alternatives, that use a fraction of the energy in the extraction and manufacturing processes, for every oil based plastic product on the market.

The material that we use to create these products is called Polylactic Acid (PLA). It is made from renewable resources such as corn starch or sugar cane so it can be disposed of in the food or green waste collections and will naturally degrade.

In a composting system, conventional plastics take around 1,000 years to degrade whereas PLA takes just 3-6 months. Alternatively, in a marine environment, a conventional plastic bottle left in the ocean would typically degrade in 100 – 1,000 years, whereas PLA takes just 6 – 24 months.

The manufacturing process of PLA is also kind to the environment. An independent analysis conducted by NatureWorks found that PLA uses 65% less energy in its production than a conventional plastic, emitting 68% fewer greenhouse gases due to its lower melting temperature.

PLA holds many of the same properties as conventional plastics so it can be processed by extrusion such as 3D printing, film and sheet casting, injection moulding and spinning to make a wide range of products using existing manufacturing equipment.

Our number one product today are PLA drinking straws used in bars and nightclubs around the world. Watch this space as we have many more products on the way!

PLA – It’s made from annually renewable resources, it uses little energy to produce, it biodegrades, it performs as well as traditional plastics and it’s competitively priced!

Why stick to convention?

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(Director, Yeneco)

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Everything there is to know about Polylactic Acid (PLA)

Polylactic Acid (PLA) is different than most thermoplastic polymers in that it is derived from renewable resources like corn starch or sugar cane. Most plastics, by contrast, are derived from the distillation and polymerization of nonrenewable petroleum reserves. Plastics that are derived from biomass (e.g. PLA) are known as “bioplastics.”

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Polylactic acid – Wikipedia

Poly(lactic acid) or polylactic acid or polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the United States and Canada), cassavaroots, chips or starch (mostly in Asia), or sugarcane (in the rest of the world).

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