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The Development of Flame-Resistant Bio-Based Plastic from Inedible Wood Material

Petroleum-based plastics are linked to certain environmental problems. One such problem is the depletion of natural resources; another is global warming. Bio-based plastics (BBP) are thus in the spotlight as they are made from renewable resources. However, BBP exhibit very poor properties compared to petroleum-based plastics, thus making it difficult to apply BBP to products.
Fuji Xerox has developed new BBP using Polylactic Acid (PLA), and applied it to products, but PLA causes a food problem, as it is made from corn.
It is therefore important to develop new BBP made from inedible resources. Fuji Xerox has developed new flame-resistant BBP made from inedible wood. This new BBP was first applied to OA products in 2011.

Author

  • Kenji Yao
    Marking Materials Research & Development, Marking Materials Technology Group
  • Masayuki Okoshi
    Marking Materials Research & Development, Marking Materials Technology Group
  • Manabu Kawashima
    Marking Materials Research & Development, Marking Materials Technology Group
  • Kazuya Yamanoi
    Marking Materials Research & Development, Marking Materials Technology Group