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.
- 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
BASF celebrates 25th birthday of ecoflex®, the world’s first PBAT biopolymer
• Since 1998, ecoflex® is the first commercially available biodegradable and certified compostable biopolymer on the market
• Biopolymer innovations based on ecoflex® have helped to solve many challenges in the plastics market
• ecoflex® has opened up new end-of-life options for plastics enabling organics recycling and thus contributing to a circular economy
ecoflex® was introduced on the plastics market in 1998 and is the world’s first biodegradable and certified compostable polymer. Since that time customers have come to know and trust ecoflex® for its consistently high quality and performance. BASF has continued to invest in ecoflex® and developed a biopolymers portfolio which is unsurpassed in the industry. ecoflex® comes in a wide range of grades. All BASF PBAT grades are certified industrial compostable under the most demanding global standards including EN 13432, AS4736 and ASTM 6400. In addition, ecoflex® can also be biodegraded by microorganisms under home composting conditions as well as in agricultural soil (EN 17033).
The BASF co-polyester is one of a few certified compostable polymers complying with the requirements of the European food contact regulation and the US Food Contact Substance Notification of FDA. Ecoflex® is the base polymer for BASF’s certified compostable compound ecovio®. With compounding capacities in all regions BASF can thus offer first-class material performance and tailored services to support the global film, packaging and agricultural markets.
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:
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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