December 6th, 2017
Kaneka Corporation was granted the “OK Biodegradable MARINE” certificate in September this year, certifying that a newly developed polyester-based biodegradable plastic (Product name: Kaneka Biodegradable Polymer PHBH, hereinafter “PHBH”) is biologically decomposed in seawater.
Solutions for Global Environmental Problems
This certificate is granted by VINÇOTTE which is one of the most recognized certifying bodies in Europe where application of bioplastics is well promoted.
PHBH is a bioplastic developed by Kaneka and derived from 100% plants. It is superior in biodegradability and now marketed for plastic bag application in Europe. Recently, people are more and more concerned about influence on marine ecosystems especially by microplastics in addition to terrestrial ecosystems by plastics. PHBH’s biodegradability in seawater being approved this time, Kaneka will make every effort to expand its application from fishing tackles/rigs, floats, and marine materials such as for restoring seaweed beds.
Kaneka Group will provide solutions for global environmental problems through development of new products like this biomass-derived biodegradable PHBH.
About Kaneka Corporation
Kaneka Corporation is a Japanese international chemical manufacturing company based in Osaka and founded in 1949. The company produces chemical products such as functional resin, foam resin, and synthetic fibers.