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PLA is a biodegradable plastic derived from renewable resources such as the starch found in corn. ... Commonly, PLA is used for thermoformed applications in the food industry, but is increasing in popularity for the retail industry.

PLA: Polylactic Acid

Characteristics:
•Strength – low impact capacity and brittle
•Alcohol and water resistant
•Recyclable – compatible with existing recycling systems, can be composted, landfilled and incinerates easily

Commons Forms:
•Disposable tableware i.e. cups for cold beverages, carry-out containers, eating utensils
•Deli containers
•Fruit and vegetable trays
•Packaging for refrigeration and deep freezing