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Moorim develops bio-degradable ‘paper straws’ that captures the company’s environmental values
Moorim P&P will be attending the 26th Korea International Plastics and Rubber Show (KOPLAS 2021)' being held at KINTEX Exhibition Hall No.2 from Wednesday, August 25th to Saturday, August 28th to unveil its new environment-friendly bio-plastic that has added pulp to reduce carbon emissions while improving its bio-degradability.
Moorim P&P is a leader in Korea’s printing paper industry. Established 65 years ago, Moorim P&P is now the only company in Korea to produces its own pulp used in paper manufacturing. It has also become the first Korean company to establish an integrated system for paper manufacturing to provide more competitive production capabilities and differentiated quality in its products, presenting a new paradigm for the industry. Drawing on its technologies in pulp and paper manufacturing, Moorim is now taking the lead in developing new environment-friendly materials that capture the company’s philosophy of valuing environmental preservation.
At this upcoming show, Moorim will be showcasing environment-friendly bio-plastic developed using high quality pulp, wood chips and wood particles. Bio-plastic that has reduced carbon emissions by adding pulp to regular plastic (PP), bio-degradable plastic (PLA) with even higher bio-degradability by adding pulp, and pulp mannequins made of a mixture of 90% pulp and environment-friendly polymers are all boundary-pushing bio-plastic products that reduce carbon emissions and realize the value of up-cycling. These products can be found at the booth of Moorim P&P.
In addition, information on environment-friendly bio master batches (M/B) with more than 50% content of cellulose and technologies to produce bio-compound materials that can be used for injections will also be made available at the booth. At present, the environment-friendly bio-plastics of Moorim P&P are used to produce everyday products such as hangers, mannequins, toothbrushes and buckets, as well as cosmetics containers and boxes. In the future, they are expected to be used to produce food containers and films.
In addition to environment-friendly bio-plastics, nano-cellulose that is currently in development by using pulp, can also found at the booth. Nano-cellulose has a size of one nano-meter (or one billionth of a meter) and a weight of one fifth of that of steel, but its strength is five times that of steel and has excellent thermal stability and high hydrophilicity, making it highly applicable to various industries including the automobile, cosmetics and chemical industries while remaining environment-friendly. Nano-cellulose is being used to develop skincare products with active ingredients that make the most of its high viscosity and moisturizing abilities, food packaging materials that leverage its function as an oxygen barrier, and materials used for the interior of automobiles to replace plastic while offering greater strength.
A representative of the research center at Moorim P&P noted, "The nano-cellulose in a powder format that is currently in development by Moorim is expected to increase the strength when used in plastic (PP)-based composite materials for the interior of automobiles. When used that way, it also reduces the amount of plastic (PP), making the automobile lighter and improving fuel efficiency."