Revolution of bioplastics

 

The principles of the circular economy enclosed in a thermoplastic granule

ECOMPOUND

The conquest of a greater share of the market by 100% Biobased plastics is slow and full of obstacles. Plastics of petrochemical origin have a lower price and it is easy for companies to prefer them if they are not obliged by community rules.

Despite this, Kanèsis has devised a new way of making compounds from biobased plastic materials. This method replaces synthetic additives in plastics with standardized agricultural waste.

All plastics, whether bio-based or petrochemical, contain up to 20% synthetic additives consisting of dyes, fluidifying agents, stabilizers, rheological additives, elasticizers.

Taking a look with the microscope at the waste produced by our food supply chain, many have chemicals contained in the additives, as well as naturally coloring the plastic.

  1. By applying this process to 100% biobased thermoplastic matrices, materials with a truly 100% compostability rate are obtained. As no dyes or other synthetic additives are added to the materials, which are usually used for all plastics, even 100% biobased ones.
  2. By applying this process to thermoplastic matrices of petrochemical origin, “transition” products are obtained because they are precisely additives with 20% waste. In this way, in addition to having a lighter, more “sustainable” and probably cheaper material, it also falls within the new EU regulations for which at least a percentage of biobased must be contained in plastic materials.

The Compound
Revolutionary

From the innovative production process conceived by Kanèsis, Ecompound was born, a brand specialized in the production of thermoplastic materials loaded with biomass of agricultural by-products, free of additives and synthetic dyes.

Ecompound is the solution for companies ready for the ecological transition and to reduce their environmental impact.

The New Way Of Thinking
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Suitable for both injection molding and thermoforming, Ecompound thermoplastic materials combine plant resin in PLA with agro-industrial by-products of hemp, tomato, oranges, pomegranate and other agricultural waste.

Thanks to the chemical and mechanical characteristics of the raw materials used, and the absence of additives and synthetic colors, Ecompound thermoplastic materials boast unique performances and characteristics in their sector.

Finishes and color are the result of natural ingredients.

Biobased

Derived from local agricultural waste.

Free of additives

Synthetics and dyes.

Mechanical properties

In line with the principles of Circular Economy

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PLA Hemp

This compound is a PLA INGEO filled with 17% hemp hemp powder (from the South Hemp Tecno processing plant in Crispiano, Puglia) filled with silicon. The canapulo gives a characteristic beige color that can vary due to the temperature. The finish is unique due to the non-standardization of the color, the color is completely natural. The mold can be used cold. Silicon increases Young’s modulus, therefore the yield strength of the starting PLA, and decreases its specific weight.

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PLA Hemp HT

This compound is a high temperature resistant PLA INGEO, filled with 17% hemp hemp powder (from the South Hemp Tecno processing plant in Crispiano, Puglia) filled with silicon. The canapulo gives a characteristic beige color that can vary due to the temperature. The finish is unique due to the non-standardization of the color, the color is completely natural. The mold must be brought to 100 degrees before injection. Silicon increases Young’s modulus, therefore the yield strength of the starting PLA and decreases its specific weight.

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PLA Carob HT

This compound is an Ingeo PLA loaded with 20% carob flour powder (coming from the processing of carob beans in the province of Ragusa used for the feed industry) loaded with sugars and fats. The carob gives it a distinctive dark brown color that can vary due to temperature. The finish is unique due to the non-standardization of the color, the color is completely natural. The mold must be brought to 100 degrees before injection. Sugar and fats make HT carob beans a much more elastic compound than the starting PLA with a percentage of elongation before breaking close to 30% against 3% of the starting PLA.

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PLA Tomato HT

This compound is an Ingeo PLA loaded with 20% tomato peel powder (from the extraction of phytonutrient peels for the production of food supplements in the province of Catania). The tomato skins give it a characteristic red color that can vary due to the temperature. The finish is unique due to the non-standardization of the color. The mold must be brought to 100 degrees before injection. Tomato proved to be a material with excellent rheological properties.

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Compound NOT 100% Biobased

For companies that want to innovate but without revolutionizing their product portfolio and continue to produce plastics of petrochemical origin with a lower impact on the environment, we have the possibility, through our partners, to produce starting from any thermoplastic matrix using agricultural waste. that the company obtains around 100 km from its headquarters. We support the company in fine-tuning the process on site, allowing total autonomy and giving greater kinetics to change.

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Ecompound materials can have a biobased PLA matrix or a petrochemical matrix. In the case of PLA this can be a classic PLA or a PLA HT (developed for applications that require higher temperatures). Together with these matrices, agricultural waste is used that provide mechanical properties that are different every time.

Matrix to be used in the composition
Agricultural by-product with relative color and resistance
Selected quantity: 25 kg