PolyOne’s reFlex boasts 99% biocontent
By Frank Esposito, Plastics News
Posted 28 November 2012
PolyOne Corp has developed a new grade of reFlex-brand bioplasticiser which boasts 99% bio-content.
US-based PolyOne unveiled the new reFlex 300 grade 6 November at the European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin. The new grade is derived from rapidly renewable feedstocks and provides a one-to-one replacement for general-purpose plasticisers used in flexible PVC formulations, company officials said in a news release.
The phthalate-free 300 grade “enables customers to expand their offerings with differentiated alternatives that heed consumer calls for eco-conscious solutions”, said Performance Products and Solutions President Rob Rosenau.
The new material has been certified under the Department of Agriculture BioPreferred program, officials said, and it also can help manufacturers and brand owners in meeting the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which bans certain phthalates in products used by children.
Potential applications for the new reFlex grade include tubing and connectors in health care, plugs and insulators in electrical components, and toys and shoes in the consumer-goods arena. In building and construction, the new material can be used in weather stripping, gaskets, office furniture and flooring.
The new grade is made using soybean-based technology developed by Battelle Memorial Institute, a nonprofit research and development firm in Ohio, the US. PolyOne and Battelle have worked together on bioplasticiser projects since 2008.
A Battelle spokesman said reFlex materials are commercially active in non-food packaging film and a range of general-purpose plastisol applications. Battelle developed the patents used in reFlex in 2002 and 2003. The reFlex line is the first commercial application of the technology.
In addition to reFlex, Battelle in 2011 developed a soy-based polymer that partially could replace acrylic-based absorbent polymer used in diapers. That polymer was developed with funding from the United Soybean Board and the Ohio Soybean Council.
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