The products are waterproof, heat resistant, have appealing surfaces, and are fully biodegradable.
The pellets are processed on standard machines.
The melt behaves like liquid crystalline polymers (LCP’s).
This property allows to mold thin walled or complex structures even on small machines.
Plastics processors emphasize responsibility to the environment by using Biomer thermoplasts.
They also profile themselves with products having high consumer esteem.
Plastics and the consumers
Originally plastics were developed to replace natural materials which had restricted shelf lives.
Today they are used everywhere for almost any application.
However because of a new type of sensitivity towards the future and of an increased awareness towards the environment people all over the world ask for alternatives or require total recycling.
Yet this is difficult or extremely expensive in many product areas.
Because of new discoveries and developments it now is possible to produce articles with thermoplasts made from renewable feedstock.
Goods made of such materials satisfy the growing demand for sustainable economy, have a high ecological score, and, at the same time, ease disposal problems since they are biodegradable.
Further they do not add to the CO2 balance of the atmosphere.
These traits are especially valuable for articles which easily get lost in the environment or which do not have to last very long.
Plastics and Biomer
PHB: PHB is a biopolymer which is present in all living organisms.
Many bacteria produce PHB in large quantities as storage material (instead of fat, oil, or starch).
PHB has thermoplastic properties. It is not toxic and it is totally biodegradable.
Biomer produces PHB and processes it to pellets that can be handled on plastics machines the same way as classic plastics produced from oil.
Remarks on biodegradation
PHB is a biological storage material that is used by bacteria and fungi as feed source.
The same is true for articles made of Biomer resins: they act as food supply to microorganisms and thus are biodegraded.
PHB serves as nutrient only, when phosphates, nitrogen, salts, humidity, and heat allow the microorganisms to grow.
Such conditions are present in composts and, in part, in the soil, but not under the conditions of typical use of injection molded or extruded articles.
Therefore articles made of PHB stay unharmed for years.