The market for a bio-based and biodegradable replacement for polyester is expected to grow rapidly during the next five years. The bio-based polyester, P(3-HP), has attractive mechanical properties, such as rigidity, ductility, and exceptional tensile strength in drawn films and can be created using the new lower toxicity method. On account of these properties, P(3-HP) has applications in packaging or biodegradable plastics.
Another example of a biodegradable polymer is polylactic acid.
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... biodegradable polymer polyester known as poly(3-hydroxypropionic acid) ... with the commercial availability of the beta hydroxy acid, 3-hydroxypropionic acid which is abbreviated as 3-HP ... derived from biological sources, the resulting material, poly(3-hydroxypropionic acid) or P(3-HP), is biorenewable ...