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ecoflex®: The Original since 1998 – Certified Compostable Plastic

ecoflex® is the first biodegradable and certified compostable polymer by BASF on a fossil basis. It is on the market for more than two decades.

 

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

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 the following international and national standards and regulations for industrial composting.

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ecoflex® standards

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 regulation¹ as well as the requirements of the US Food Contact Substance Notification².

¹ Commission Regulation (EU) No. 10/2011 of January 14, 2011 on materials and objects of plastic, designed to be in contact with food
² According to Food Contact Substance Notification No. 907 of FDA

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ecoflex® is an ideal blend component for the production of plastics from renewable raw materials, making many final applications actually possible in the first place. Thus, ecoflex® provides the biobased and compostable BASF polymer ecovio® with special product properties such as flexibility and toughness.

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

The Original: ecoflex®

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ecoflex® Batch AB 1 Information & Certificates
ecoflex® Batch C Black Information & Certificates
ecoflex® Batch SL05 Information & Certificates
ecoflex® F Blend C1200 Information & Certificates

ecoflex® is just the beginning!

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ecoflex® is part of ecovio® BASF’s certified compostable and partly bio-based plastic. Further information on ecovio® can be found here: 

www.ecovio.basf.com

 

ecoflex® and ecovio® are the biopolymers of BASF which support Circular Economy and thus contribute to sustainability. Read more on BASF’s biopolymers:

www.biopolymers.basf.com

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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