Polylactic Acid (PLA) is the biodegradable polymer of lactic acid. For the last decades, PLA has been mainly used in biomedical applications. The development of economical production routes and a rising environmental awareness have pushed PLA uses to new markets, including consumer goods and packaging applications. PLA is produced via two main routes: an indirect route via lactide intermediate, and a direct polymerization by polycondensation. The indirect route is the most common, and is employed by two of the major PLA producers: NatureWorks and Corbion-Purac.
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