BEC Group are pleased to announce the launch of a new bioplastics range of materials to aid customers in reducing their carbon footprint and improving sustainability. The range is for use in plastic injection moulded products, with many of the same properties as traditional thermoplastics.

Bioplastics are plastics made from at least some renewable source with varying degrees of compostability. They can be derived from sources such as sugarcane, soybeans, and straw amongst many others. Currently accounting for around 2% of the plastic produced globally each year, the bioplastics market is predicted to grow by 11% in the next eight years.

The BEC range includes bioplastics made from raw materials of renewable sources that are compostable (meaning the material converts entirely to non-toxic material such as CO2) either in an at home composting environment or through industrial compostability in line with the EN 13432 standard.

The range is suitable for plastic injection moulding amongst other manufacturing processes. Despite reservations in some of the injection moulding community, BEC have found bioplastic mouldings to require little machine adjustment from typical thermoplastics and to produce a very similar end product.

Material selection dependent, the range can be used for both single use and multiple use applications. Typical applications include enclosures, golfing tees, containers, carrying straps. The range is also appropriate for food contact such as cups and cutlery.

Paul Holland, BEC’s Head of Design and Innovation comments; “Bioplastic formulations and their compostability have improved enormously over the last few years. BEC are therefore delighted to be able to provide our customers with plastic alternatives that are better for the environment whilst maintaining many of the necessary properties of the plastics typically used. We’re always happy to discuss new specific applications and projects for bioplastics, so feel free to get in touch.”

Get in touch to find out more about our bioplastic range or to discuss a specific project. Email hello@becgroup.com or call 01425 613131