Bioplastic technology company Floreon Transforming Packaging has secured a patent for its Floreon bioplastic material.
Floreon is a novel and biodegradable, polyester-based polymer blend with a standard bioplastic called polylactic acid (PLA).
The company claims this produces a bioplastic that is much tougher and easier to process than current materials.
Unlike conventional PLA, Floreon has improved toughness, higher strength and durability, besides being recyclable, biodegradable and requires far less energy to process compared with rival products.
Floreon can also be used for manufacturing degradable and compostable articles, such as bottles, with improved mechanical, physical, chemical and thermal properties.
Due to its optimised flow rates, Floreon can be used in a variety of process moulding techniques to produce a wide range of types and sizes of applications, including packaging trays, cutlery and thin-walled injection-moulded parts, where the use of PLA has been limited in the past.
Floreon Transforming Packaging technical director Andrew Gill said: "This patent is very important to us. As a technology-led company, it provides a competitive advantage that will enable us to create proprietary solutions that others cannot copy.
"By definition, patented compositions need to be novel and provide a benefit to society over previously available technology. So this patent, which protects our innovative bioplastic material called Floreon, is a clear demonstration that we have created a new way of gaining performance benefits not achievable by others."
Floreon has currently secured patents in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.