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ErcrosBio®, the bioplastic bio2

Ercros has developed a new line of bioplastics, which will be marketed under the ErcrosBio® brand.

ErcrosBio® is truly a "biological" biopastic: the source is "bio" and the end product is "bio".

This is based on PLA (polylactic acid) and PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates polymers and copolymers family) and is made from biologically based renewable vegetable prime materials (biobased), such as the sugar cane.

Because of its properties: it is biodegradable, it decomposes naturally, without leaving waste in the environment; it is biocompostable, degrading biologically to compost in six weeks, generating carbon dioxide, water, minerals and fertiliser, and it is recyclable.

Thanks to these characteristics, ErcrosBio® is the ideal material for manufacturing different types of single-use containers for food, cosmetic etc., as well as for the manufacturing of durable goods for the electronic and automotive sectors.

Its plastic properties has the technical potential of replacing many of the plastics currently in use, providing sustainability and a low carbon footprint (between 3 and 10 times less CO2 emissions per kg of polymer than the most common plastics according to Plastics Europe).

Several technological centres have been contracted to cooperate in creating formulations for our clients’ specific applications. Each specialised in different thermoplastic applications.

According to the European Bioplastics, current production of this type of polymer will increase five times in 2016.

Applications

  • Food and non-food packaging
  • Catering and domestic utensils
  • Textile uses: fabric and non-fabric material (nappies, towels, clothing, home use, upholstery, etc.)
  • Medical and surgical use
  • Electrical and electronic applications: mobile telephone cases, computers and CDs
  • Building and construction: isolating foams, coatings and surfaces
  • Automotive: bumpers, dashboards, steering wheels, hubcaps, etc.

Life cycle:

ErcrosBio lifecycle

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