Biopolymers

Legislation changes, climate change and the drive to reduce the carbon footprint of products is increasing the impetus to use bio based, biodegradable and recycled polymers. Bioplastic alternatives now exist for many conventional plastic materials.

Through our partner NHEP we can offer PLA suitable for a range of applications.

Our material portfolio includes:

  • PLA/PVOH – NHEP
  • PVOH
  • Biomass – LG Chem

Product Focus – PLA (Water Soluble) – NHEP

PLA (Polylactic Acid) is a biodegradable and bioactive thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch (in the US & Canada), cassava roots, chips or starch (mostly in Asia), or sugarcane (in the rest of the world).

Key Properties:

  • Fully Biodegradable (without adverse environmental effects)
  • Good chemical resistance
  • Thermal Stability
  • Eco-friendly
  • Water soluble at pre-determined water temperatures
  • Injection and extrusion grades available

Applications:

  • Hospital shoe covers
  • 3D filament
  • Soap detergent packaging
  • Agricultural fertilizer packaging
  • Films and foils
  • Golf balls