Plant-based ingredient solutions producer MGP has developed a new line of biodegradable composite resins, an addition to the company’s portfolio of ecofriendly bioplastic products.
The new TerraTek BD can be applied for a variety of injection-moulded industrial and consumer products, such as disposable packaging materials and containers.
According to MGP, the applications also include durable products that can benefit from being compostable at the end of their lifespan.
Produced at MGP’s facility in Onaga, Kansas, from a blend of wheat and corn-based products, in addition to other compostable materials, the smooth, white, pellet-size resins can be easily processed, shaped and coloured by finished goods manufacturers to meet their specific product designs and needs, said the company.
MGP bioplastics product development and sales manager Mike Parker said the launch represented another milestone in the company’s continuing commitment to deliver product offerings that help reduce dependence on conventional petroleum-based plastics.
"It provides an ideal alternative for multiple applications wherein the manufacture of fully compostable products is highly desirable," Parker said.
The resins, which display mechanical qualities including strength and a combination of rigidity, pliability, can serve as a cost-effective solution for creating heat-tolerant, bio-based compostable products when compared with similar type resins.
MGP also produces and markets Terratek SC, a starch-based bioplastic and Terratek WC, which is made from a combination of fine wood particles and recycled plastic materials.
"All of the products under our Terratek brand respond to growing interest in renewable sources to address environmental concerns and curtail dependence on non-renewable synthetic materials," Parker said.