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KANEKA Boosts Technology to Counter Plastics Pollution

E nvironmental pollution caused by plastic products, in particular, marine pollution brought about by microplastics, is a major global issue and poses dangers to the ecosystem. At the recent G20 Summit held in Osaka, Japan, this issue has been given high regard and was one of the major topics. Without a doubt, comprehensive regulations on the use of plastics are becoming more necessary.

Even before formal regulations are set out, KANEKA CORPORATION has started amplifying the production of polyester biodegradable plastic, which the company has developed and comes in the product name KANEKA Biodegradable Polymer PHBH. KANEKA Biodegradable Polymer PHBH is a hundred-percent plant-based bioplastic and features excellent biodegradability. Microorganisms take plant oils and accumulate them as polymers in their bodies. PHBH is produced by refining and extracting the polymers. Thus, it is produced by culturing microorganisms, and the products are shipped as pellets like general-purpose resins and can be supplied using ordinary transportation method.