7 Ways Bioplastics can be used by HORECA and Retail chains for more profitability
In the era of sustainability, ‘Bio-Plastics’ has truly become a buzzword!
However, we often do not understand what materials truly qualify as Bioplastics when we come across them. Because bio based does not necessarily mean biodegradable, customers and corporations can often be misled by labels if they have not put in the research. In actuality, bio plastics are either bio based ( produced from plant based biomass), biodegradable ( having the ability to break down into natural components like water and compost) or both. Regardless of whether one truly understands the meaning of bioplastics or not, they are undeniably an upgrade from traditional plastic, in multiple ways.
Longer Shelf Life
Bioplatics have proven to have a higher endurance for different temperatures and hence have a longer shelf life. They are a popular choice for cold storage in the HORECA industry, saving businesses a large operational cost that can otherwise be a hindrance in financial growth.
Lower Production Cost
The Production of bioplastics takes less energy in the process. For instance, usage of starch and corn based biomass takes 65% less energy to turn into bioplastic. The process also saves corporations the cost of purchasing and transporting hydrocarbons which are generally used to produce traditional carbons.
Compared to plastics that stay in the environment forever, bioplastic bags will usually break down completely within a matter of months, saving HORECA and retail chains large sums of money left to invest elsewhere. After bioplastics decompose, what’s left behind is compost which hotels and cafes can use for their own kitchen produce, once again saving on cost of compost and nutrition for food
Reduced Waste Management Cost
Since bioplastics are usually made with biomass, they are natural in their composition, translating to a much shorter decomposition time frame. This saves corporations space and time to manage waste. Moreover the biodegradation of bioplastics bags does not require additional fossil fuels or GMOs to decompose as they break down easily in the natural environment, once again cutting big costs for HORECA and retail companies.
Helps Broaden Business Horizons
Most stakeholders and collaborators today are looking to partner with socially responsible enterprises that take their responsibility towards the environment seriously. Moreover, many governments have made it mandatory for businesses to completely cut out traditional plastic from their practices. Therefore opting for bioplastic bags can greatly influence a HORECA and retail corporations chances for success today.
Reduced Carbon Footprint could mean more customers
Just like stakeholders and collaborators, customers are committed to buy from socially responsible businesses, more than ever! This is especially true for the HORECA and retail industry as a move towards adopting bioplastics directly impacts the health of food and there the customers consuming the food. If businesses can cut out use of traditional plastic bags, straws and cutlery, they can potentially attract a larger segment of customers who are looking to make healthier choices.
Locally Sourced Materials
Since production of bioplastics does not require fossil fuels and is fairly simple, most raw materials like biomass is available locally, just another way that HORECA and retail businesses can maximise on profitability by opting for bioplastic bags .