Inlämning av Examensarbete / Submission of Thesis

Eri Matsuura; Yan ye; Xiaoxuan He , pp. 69. TEK/avd. för maskinteknik, 2008.

The work

Författare / Author: Eri Matsuura, Yan ye, Xiaoxuan He
Titel / Title: Sustainability Opportunities and Challenges of Bioplastics
Abstrakt Abstract:

Bioplastics (BPs) can be defined as plastics made of biomass such as corn and sugarcane. These substances have been increasingly spotlighted as means to saving fossil fuels, reducing CO2 emission and plastic wastes. Biodegradability of BPs has been widely publicized in society and the demand for packaging is rapidly increasing among retailers and the food industry at large. However, there is little consensus on actual impacts of BPs production. This thesis therefore aims to identify current strengths and weaknesses and future threats and opportunities and leverage points for the bioplastics industry in a move towards sustainability?”
The Strategic Life Cycle Management (SLCM) and Templates for Sustainable Product Development (TSPD) approaches were used to reveal current ecological and social impacts in relation to Sustainability Principles from the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development.
Various sustainability challenges and opportunities were identified. Most threats were in agricultural production and in the disposal of products. Compelling measures for the BP industry include: having a consensus in BPs applications based on strategic sustainable development, universal labelling and recycling systems for BPs, government strategic policies to encourage research into new technologies in improving biodegradability and energy efficiency in manufacturing.

Ämnesord / Subject: Hållbar utveckling - Sustainability\Strategic Planning

Nyckelord / Keywords: Bioplastics, PLA, LCA, FSSD

Publication info

Dokument id / Document id:
Program:/ Programme Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability
Registreringsdatum / Date of registration: 08/17/2008
Uppsatstyp / Type of thesis: Magisterarbete/Master's Thesis (60 credits)


Handledare / Supervisor: Henrik Ny
Organisation / Organisation: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Institution / School: TEK/avd. för maskinteknik
S-371 41 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00

Files & Access

Bifogad uppsats fil(er) / Files attached: bioplastics thesis_2008finalversion.pdf (741 kB, öppnas i nytt fönster)