Can bioplastics become a new frontier for palm oil ?
by Uthaya kumar
A dialogue from a 1967 classic film “The Graduate” highlighted how plastic will take over the world in the future.

Mr. McGuire: I want to say one word to you. Just one word.

Benjamin: Yes, sir.

Mr. McGuire: Are you listening?

Benjamin: Yes, I am.

Mr. McGuire: Plastics.

After 52 years, It is clearly evident that plastic has become an integral part of our lifestyle. On this day, I would say the magic word in the future will be “bio-plastics”. The time for synthetic compounds made from biomass seems to be approaching fast as fears of environmental degradation loom large due to ever increasing consumption of plastic. Palm oil industry can become a gold mine as the production of palm oil leaves behind plenty of suitable bioplastic-feedstock, including palm tree trunk, POME and EFB. MPOC is keen to leverage the tremendous opportunities this nascent industry may present to Malaysian palm oil businesses.
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