Increasing consumer demand for “green” products is leading many manufacturers to look for sources of alternate materials that have a lower carbon footprint. Bioplastic compounds from RTP Company utilize base resin components derived from rapidly renewable resources.
Since bioplastics are not derived from limited fossil-fuel resources, they have a lower carbon footprint and less environmental impact. Production of bioplastics typically produces lower CO2 gas emissions and requires less energy than traditional plastics.
Through the compounding process these resins can be engineered with additional properties that make them ideal for a broad spectrum of semi-durable and durable goods. Bioplastic compounds based on polyamide, polyester, and PLA can help you achieve your design and performance goals while providing the sustainability necessary to give your products distinction in the marketplace
Bioplasticsinclude polylactic acid (PLA), polyamide, and polyester, which are derived from rapidly renewable resources and provide ecological sustainability to meet “green” product or marketing objectives. Bio-based polyamides and polyester resins have been used for years in a multitude of engineered applications. Compounds manufactured from them have proven performance and make application development a very predictable process.
These products are ideal for end-use applications like semi-durable consumer goods, housing and enclosures for electronics and business equipment, industrial components, electrical connectors, and automotive interiors.
Impact modifiedPLA grades are available in translucent or opaque versions and can also incorporate FDA compliant ingredients. All are fully colorable and a high gloss surface finish is easy to obtain.
Glass fiber reinforced PLA compounds overcome the shortcomings of unmodified PLA by increasing its strength and stiffness with 10-40% loadings of glass fiber.
Proprietary nucleation packages are available in standard and fast-cycle versions allowing cost to be kept under control. These packages speed crystallization improving heat distortion performance to the level necessary for demanding applications. Glass fiber reinforced PLA compounds from RTP Company have the mechanical properties necessary to be used under many conditions as drop-in alternatives to reinforced polypropylene, polyesters, and nylons.
Cellulose Fiberincreases mechanical properties like strength and stiffness as well as thermal performance in polypropylene while retaining good processing characteristics. Compounds are available with cellulose fiber loading of up to 40% and RTP Company can customize formulations to meet the requirements of your application.
Post-consumer content(PCC) compounds from RTP Company use 1 to 100% resin components reclaimed from solid waste streams through recycling programs. These materials close the sustainability lifecycle by reusing the energy and environmental resources that created the original resin, thus providing your products with a “green” status that can increase their marketability.
RTP Company has the engineering expertise to turn waste products into high performance compounds that will meet your requirements, while keeping rising material costs under control. PCC compounds are available with all of the
property enhancements you look for in specialty compounds: color, conductivity, flame retardance, reinforcement, or wear reduction, and can be customized to your exact specifications.
Raw materials, as well as finished PCC compounds, are fully tested to ensure quality and consistent performance in your application. Even when working with reclaimed materials, RTP Company maintains the objectivity you can rely upon to ensure you are using the best materials solution available.
Post-consumer Content (PCC) materials are available in nylon (PA), polycarbonate (PC), and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) polymers. Additionally, PCC compounds can be alloyed with other resins and bio-materials to produce better performing hybrid products.
These can be beneficial to products managed by EPEAT or LEED evaluation systems.
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