Planting sugarcane is the starting point for Luminy® PLA production. After growing and harvesting the sugarcane, it is brought to a sugar mill to extract the sugar. The sugar obtained is then fermented using microorganisms to produce lactic acid, an organic acid also produced by the human body. TotalEnergies Corbion converts the lactic acid into PLA, a biopolymer that manufacturers can use in multiple applications.
TotalEnergies Corbion is a global leader in the marketing, sales, and production of Poly Lactic Acid (PLA). PLA is a polymer derived from renewable resources, making it biobased, recyclable, and industrially compostable. Compared to conventional plastics, PLA significantly reduces carbon emissions. Our Luminy® PLA product line includes grades with recycled content, including high heat and standard PLA. PLA is an innovative material used in a diverse range of industries like fresh food packaging, consumer goods, fibers, food serviceware, automotive components, and 3D printing.
Luminy® is a range of specially developed high performance PLA polymer resins, which are compliant with the most relevant regulations and requirements related to bioplastics: