About

We offer you composite materials consisting of natural fibres and biopolymers for a range of different applications. We’re happy to advise you in terms of materials and processing.

We understand sustainable plastics as plastics based on sustainable raw materials. Depending on the type of plastic, this may also be biodegradable. By changing the base material used, you can easily produce your goods more sustainably.

It’s important to consider the intended use of the product and the product in its entirety. It doesn’t always make sense to produce a long-lasting product from biodegradable plastic, but the use of a bio-based plastic will soften the product’s footprint.

The initial project to found Plantaplast involved research and development to formulate a natural fibre compound (NFC) using fibrous waste from the production of single-use palm leaf dishes. Within this project, extensive know-how was established: from the preparation of the accumulating by-products to compounding with bio-plastics and processing the finished composite in an injection moulding process.

We have a far-reaching market overview in bio-plastics and also have good contacts with contract manufacturers and material suppliers. We’d be happy to offer you a suitable material to redesign your product.

Plantaplast GmbH & Co. KG is a 100 % owned subsidiary of Bionatic GmbH & Co. KG

Material

Welcome to Plantaplast - your specialist for bio-based composite materials.

Our composites are bio-based, biodegradable or both. Fundamentally, not all bio-based materials are biodegradable. And not all biodegradable materials are based on renewable raw materials. But there are a few materials that are both.

Depending on the application, it should be evaluated whether a finished product must be biodegradable or whether it’s better off being highly recyclable. Depending on your needs and the product’s features, injection moulding materials can be made of up to 50% fibres.

Natural fibres

The use of natural fibres in plastic is beneficial in many ways. You can create special surface finishes, adapt material properties to meet your requirements and reduce the amount of plastic by the amount of fibre added.

Bio-polymers

A suitable bio-polymer should be chosen based on the application. In particular, a product’s target properties define which bio-polymer can be used as a matrix.

Bio-compound

The natural fibre composite and bio-polymer can be processed for a range of purposes. These materials are particularly well suited for use in injection moulding to produce a range of products.

Services

We make your product ideas reality.

Take advantage of our exceptional knowledge in bio-plastics. Produce your products more easily and sustainably with our materials.

Contact us with your product ideas.

We’ll be at your side on your path to new products, from the initial idea to prototype creation right through to the final injection moulding production. Together, we’ll make your product a reality with our materials and the companies in our network.

Sustainability

We see sustainability as an all-encompassing term.

A product isn’t just considered in terms of the material used, rather also the savings or additional expenses in the production process or in logistics.

To be able to correctly evaluate a product’s footprint, some information must be collated. Regarding inbound and outbound logistics, the material, the processing and the peripheries. The more specific the data, the more precise and meaningful the footprint assessment.

We’d be happy to put you in touch with a certified partner to calculate your products’ footprint.

Bio-plastics

The term bio-plastic isn’t as precisely defined, so some explanation is required: bio-plastic can be just bio-based or just biodegradable. A few bio-plastics are both.

Natural fibres

Various materials are used as fillers in plastics and serve to improve the material’s specific properties. Natural fibres are the most sustainable fillers, especially when they’re the unused by-products of a production process - using the waste to value principle, resources like these can be added to the production cycle to create value.

By combining the prepared natural fibres with plastic in an extruder, you end up with a natural fibre composite, or NFC. If similar compounds are produced with wood fibres, they are called wood plastic compounds - WPC. The amount of plastic in the composite is reduced by replacing some of it with natural fibres, making the material “greener” and more sustainable.

In principle, any type of natural fibre can be used as a filler, but the cost of utilisation and economic feasibility should be considered at all times. The moisture contained in the fibres plays a major role. The lower the moisture in the by-product, the less energy is required for production.

Contact

Frederik Feuerhahn
Development Manager

Plantaplast GmbH & Co. KG
Faulenstraße 23-29 • 28195 Bremen

Telephone:  +49 (0) 421 / 246 87 87 62

E-Mail: kontakt@plantaplast.com

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