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Plastribution Adds Bioplastics to Portfolio

Plastribution made a sustainable move by adding bioplastics to their portfolio. They have divided their products in Reduced carbon footprint, Bio-degradable/Compostable, Water Soluble, Bio-Content, Circular Economy, Recycled/Recyclability and Renewable Content. Let's look at how they bring bioplastics to their customers.

Plastribution

Plastribution’s core business is the distribution of thermoplastic raw materials for injection moulding, extrusion and blow moulding industries.

Sourced globally from a range of major petrochemical producers, the company supplies a full range of polyolefins, styrenics, engineering polymers, specialities, masterbatches and custom compounds for a range of industries and markets, including: packaging, construction, automotive, medical, industrial electronic and electrical applications.

Our vision is to be the UK’s preferred supplier of plastic raw materials.

Let’s look at their new bioplastics categories

  • Biodegradable & Compostable Polymers
  • Water-soluble polymers
  • Bio-sourced Polymers
  • Renewable content

Biodegradable & Compostable Polymers

Innovative biodegradable & compostable materials that break down in to water, naturally occuring gases and biomass. We’ve been working with our supply partners to bring a range of innovative, high quality bio-degradable & compostable materials to the UK market.

You need solutions that

  • Reduce emissions into the atmosphere
  • Reduce the impact of polymers on the environment
  • Reduce the impact of polymers entering the oceans
  • Potentially allow home composting of polymers
  • Reduce visible littering
  • Generate valuable biomass and/or energy
  • Provide waste reduction
  • Provide by-products that are non-toxic and can be broken down by naturally occurring bacteria
  • Can mix with traditional polymers
  • Reduce the prevalence of micro plastics

What we can offer:

  • Standard & High heat PLA (Polylactic Acid) for demanding applications using biomass from sugar beet and sugarcane
  • Biodegradable resin – based on starch from non food-grade tapioca
  • Biodegradable compounds – designed for use in packaging and manufacture of film
  • Compostable and bio-degradable material – based on milk protein

Suppliers;

  • Aquapak

Aquapak produces multi-functional polymers that promote good cycling and the circular economy. All of their products are designed to eliminate plastic pollution at source as they are water-soluble and biodegrade safely into water, carbon dioxide and mineralised natural biomass.

Lactips produce water soluble and biodegradable thermoplastic pellets based on milk protein that can be used as a raw material for thermoforming, film and injection moulding applications.

  • Polymateria

Polymateria is a British business developing a new standard in biodegradable and compostable plastics. Our scientists have created a breakthrough proprietary formulation for plastics called Biotransformation, that allows base materials, such as PP and PE, to fully biodegrade in the natural environment.

Water-soluble polymers

Plastribution can supply a range of polymers that dissolve in water, without polluting the marine environment with harmful microplastics.

You need solutions that:

  • Are fully biodegradable
  • Are non-harmful to a marine environment
  • Provide a potential solution for single use items
  • Can be derived from bio and renewable feedstock
  • Can be edible
  • Can help reduce carbon footprint
  • Give an effective gas barrier
  • Can be used in conjunction with other materials to enhance recyclability
  • Can be water soluble at a variety of temperatures
  • Can be home compostable
  • Replace traditional multi-polymer structures
  • Have the potential to run on standard conversion equipment

What we can offer:

  • PVOH based water soluble polymer (45ºC and 85ºC solubility)
  • Fully bio based water soluble polymer (25ºC solubility currently)

Suppliers:

  • Aquapak

Aquapak produces multi-functional polymers that promote good cycling and the circular economy. All of their products are designed to eliminate plastic pollution at source as they are water-soluble and biodegrade safely into water, carbon dioxide and mineralised natural biomass.

Lactips produce water soluble and biodegradable thermoplastic pellets based on milk protein that can be used as a raw material for thermoforming, film and injection moulding applications.

Bio-sourced Polymers

Materials for a variety of applications sourced from biomass such as sugarcane, tapioca, castor oil and cellulose.

You need solutions that:

  • Reduce the use of petrochemical feedstocks and preserve valuable resources
  • Can reduce energy usage
  • Can give reduced carbon footprint
  • Can potentially use waste products from other industries
  • Can help reduce visible littering and enhance compostability
  • Reduce landfill and potentially expensive preparation for recycling
  • Provide enhanced public perception
  • Provide enhanced haptics

We can offer:

  • PLA which is both bio-sourced and biodegradable
  • Bio-sourced fully water-soluble polymers
  • Polymers derived fully or partially from waste products
  • Engineering grade polymers partially derived from bio-source

Suppliers:

  • GCR Group

GCR’s Granic range is available in a bio-based carrier.

GCR Group is the world leader in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of plastic compounds and mineral masterbatches for the industrial processing industry.

Lactips produce water soluble and biodegradable thermoplastic pellets based on milk protein that can be used as a raw material for thermoforming, film and injection moulding applications.

The Radilon® D trade name identifies the long molecular chain PA6.10 grades that have been developed for injection moulding and extrusion. These products, made with 64% renewable source materials, are created using Sebacic acid – a substance of biological origin obtained from castor oil plant (Ricinus communis) seeds.

  • UBQ

By converting organic household waste into sustainable bio-based materials, UBQ™ is a novel climate positive innovation that can be used for the manufacturing of thousands of products. It is clean, sustainable, cost-effective and recyclable.

Renewable Content Polymers

A selection of polymers that partially or fully utilise feedstocks that can be replenished on a human timescale.

You need solutions that:

  • Reduced reliance on petrochemical feedstocks
  • Can enhance properties of traditional or bio based polymers
  • Can use waste products from other industries
  • Can reduce carbon footprint
  • Can reduced energy usage in production and conversion
  • Can use valuable PCR or PIR (post consumer or post industrial recyclate)
  • Can use naturally occurring renewable materials

We can offer:

  • Renewable mineral masterbatches
  • Products containing renewable content
  • Additives derived from renewable waste sources

Supplier

  • GCR Group

GCR Group is the world leader in the development, manufacturing and commercialization of plastic compounds and mineral masterbatches for the industrial processing industry.

Lactips produce water soluble and biodegradable thermoplastic pellets based on milk protein that can be used as a raw material for thermoforming, film and injection moulding applications.

The Radilon® D trade name identifies the long molecular chain PA6.10 grades that have been developed for injection moulding and extrusion. These products, made with 64% renewable source materials, are created using Sebacic acid – a substance of biological origin obtained from castor oil plant (Ricinus communis) seeds.

  • Rialti

Rialti, with more than thirty years of experience, has established itself as market leader in the European polypropylene compounds industry for injection moulding and extrusion grades. They use their expertise to create polypropylene compounds from industrial manufacturing scrap and post-consumer waste.

  • UBQ

By converting organic household waste into sustainable bio-based materials, UBQ™ is a novel climate positive innovation that can be used for the manufacturing of thousands of products. It is clean, sustainable, cost-effective and recyclable.

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