Published in Journal of Applied Packaging Research, Volume 3, Issue 2, April 1, 2009, pages 91-104.
During the past decade polylactide acid (PLA) polymer has been the subject of numerous researches aimed at comparing it with traditional petroleum based polymers for many packaging applications. PLA is biodegradable and derived from agricultural by-products such as corn starch or other starch-rich substances like maize, sugar or wheat.While PLA is currently being used in many packaging applications with well documented performance, little work has been done comparing printing processes and performance. This study presents PLA printing performance and sustainability findings using the common flexography printing process. Various analytical methods were used to evaluate performance and provide recommendations for optimized printing on PLA as compared to PET, oriented PP and oriented PS. Results of this study found that PLA films were comparable in printability and runnability to standard petroleum based flexible packaging films.
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