ecoflex® – the original among the certified compostable plastics – developed by BASF
ecoflex® is the first bio-based and certified compostable polymer of BASF on a fossil basis and is on the market for more than a quarter century.
- the ideal blend component for bioplastics
- certified compostable and biodegradable
- elastic as well as water and tear resistant
- processable on conventional blown film plants (for polyethylene)
- printable and weldable
- suitable for food contact
Certified – the Compostability of ecoflex®
Thanks to its special chemical structure, ecoflex® can be biodegraded by microorganisms and their corresponding enzymes. Under the conditions in an industrial composting plant, the ecoflex® molecules are biodegraded within a few weeks. In the course of special certification procedures, independent institutes test the suitability of bioplastics regarding biodegradability, compostability, compost quality, and plant compatibility.
ecoflex® offers various product grades that meet the following international and national standards and regulations for industrial composting.
Quality – Ecologically Tested and Toxicologically Safe
Scientifically accepted tests (e.g. plant growth test, Daphnia test, toxicological tests according to OECD directives) have proven in practice that ecoflex® has no negative consequences for nature or the environment. Furthermore, ecoflex® is one of the few biodegradable polymers whose composition complies with the requirements of the European food contact regulation¹ as well as the requirements of the US Food Contact Substance Notification².
ecoflex® – The Optimal Compound Partner
ecoflex® is an ideal blend component for the manufacture of plastics from renewable raw materials, making many final applications possible in the first place. Thus, ecoflex® provides the biobased and compostable BASF polymer ecovio® with special product properties such as flexibility and toughness.
In addition to PLA, other compound partners such as starch can be used to achieve a specific characteristics profile for the final application. A high ecoflex® content is particularly suited for the production of flexible film products in the packaging industry. Mechanical characteristics, such as stiffness or puncture resistance, can be varied and specifically adjusted.