Polylactic acid (PLA) is an aliphatic polyester. Due to its good physical and mechanical properties, it is a good alternative to petrochemical thermoplastics. Most of our products show excellent compatibilty with PLA and enhances its property profile, and even outperformence standard bulk thermoplastics, e.g. in packaging applications. Origin and Availability PLA is produced from sugars, molasses, sugar beet juice, sulfite liquors and whey, as well as rice, wheat, corn and potato starches. In the near future, it is expected that PLA will be produced by the hydrolysis of lignocelluloses from wood, straw or corn stover as well as by enzymatic processes.