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Performance Polymers

ecoflex® (PBAT): The original since 1998 – certified compostable biopolymer

ecoflex® is the first biodegradable and certified compostable plastic by BASF on a fossil basis. The biopolymer is on the market for more than two decades. It supports a circular economy by enabling products that are certified compostable and thus advances organic recycling.

 

Benefits

ecoflex® is:

  • the ideal blend component for bioplastics
  • certified compostable and biodegradable
  • elastic as well as water and tear resistant
  • processable on conventional blown film machines for polyethylene
  • printable and weldable
  • suitable for food contact

The certified compostability of the bioplastic ecoflex®

Thanks to its special chemical structure, ecoflex® can be biodegraded by microorganisms and their corresponding enzymes. Under the circumstances in an industrial composting plant, the ecoflex® molecules are biodegraded within a few weeks. In special certification procedures, independent institutes test the suitability of bioplastics in terms of biodegradability, compostability, compost quality, and plant compatibility.

ecoflex® offers various product grades that meet international and national standards for industrial composting:

ecoflex® standards
ecoflex® tested quality

High quality: ecologically tested and toxicologically safe

Scientifically recognized 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 in its composition one of the few compostable polymers complying with the requirements of the European food contact regulation (Commission Regulation No. 10/2011 of January 14, 2011) as well as the requirements of the US Food Contact Substance Notification No. 907 of FDA.

ecoflex®  is the optimal compound partner

ecoflex® is an ideal blend component for the production of plastics from renewable raw materials like polylactic acid (PLA), making many applications actually possible in the first place. Thus, ecoflex® provides the bio-based and certified compostable BASF biopolymer ecovio® with special material properties such as flexibility and toughness.

Next to PLA, other compound partners such as starch can be used to achieve a specific profile for the application. A high ecoflex® content is particularly suited for the production of flexible film products for packaging. Mechanical characteristics such as stiffness or puncture resistance can be varied and specifically adjusted.

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The PBAT ecoflex®: a fundamental breakthrough for plastics

Making fully biodegradable plastics a reality with ecoflex and ecovio

The biopolymer ecoflex® revolutionized the plastics market

It is the first certified biodegradable plastic and an essential ingredient for certified compostable products that advance organic recycling.

Download data sheets for selected ecoflex® grades here!

Grade Product Data Sheet Safety Data Sheet
ecoflex® Batch AB 1 Click here Click here
ecoflex® Batch Black  Click here Click here 
ecoflex® Batch SL05 Click here Click here
ecoflex® F Blend C1200 Click here Click here

For products that enable organic recycling: ecoflex® is just the beginning!

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ecovio®: biopolymer for many applications

ecoflex® is the major ingredient of ecovio®, BASF’s certified compostable and partly bio-based compound. Further information on ecovio® can be found here: 

www.ecovio.basf.com

How certified compostable biopolymers contribute to a circular economy

ecoflex® and ecovio® are the certified compostable bioplastics of BASF which support the collection of organic waste and thus contribute to a circular economy. 

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How ecovio® contributes to closing the nutrient cycle towards a Circular Economy With the certified compostable plastic ecovio®, BASF has developed a material portfolio for a variety of applications which can be used throughout the entire food cycle and thus support Circular Economy – from  production via packaging and transport to the waste collection of food. 	  Photo: BASF 2019

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