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Bioplastic Industry from Agricultural Waste in Thailand

Korawit Chaisu
Panyapiwat Institute of Management, Faculty of Innovative Agriculture Management, Nonthaburi, Thailand
Abstract—Bioplastic is eco-friendly degradable plastic that has bio-degradability by microorganisms after disposal as a key property. It is produced from starch-base agricultural waste products such as corn, cassava, potato or sugarcane. Poly Lactic Acid (PLA) is the most widely known categories of bioplastic as it is available commercially in various applications range from films, bags, packaging, electronic parts to specialize engineering or medical plastics. The objective of this paper is to review the opportunities and challenges in sustainability of bioplastic from agricultural products in Thailand. As Thailand is the land of tropical agriculture providing a large number of available agricultural wastes which allows competitive advantage for bioplastic industry. The rich of biomass material supply, research driven resource, and supporting government policy creates bioplastic business opportunity to the country. The combination of input supply and advanced manufacturing resources puts Thailand in a competitive and strategic position as a nation readying itself to become one of the global hubs for the emerging bioplastics industry.
Index Terms—bioplastic industry, agricultural wastes, global hub

Cite: Korawit Chaisu, "Bioplastic Industry from Agricultural Waste in Thailand," Journal of Advanced Agricultural Technologies, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 310-313, December 2016. Doi: 10.18178/joaat.3.4.310-313
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