BioPolymers
ISO 9001 DNV GL Certification Mark

Plastic is a major discovery in history. It’s light, flexible yet resistant and affordable.

An invention that has changed history and everyone’s life.

This material is widely used in the homeware sector. Moreover, since technopolymers were discovered in the ‘90s, it can be used for more complex applications, such as in the medical sector, transport industry (automotive, aeronautics and aerospace), and in many other sectors, replacing heavier, more expensive and lower-performing materials.

Crea s.r.l believes that plastic will still have a major role in the future, combining innovation (which is something that has always characterised this material) with recycling, being in line with circular economy.

In terms of environmental sustainability, Crea s.r.l has always been one step ahead, as it is always looking for innovative solutions.

Thanks to our research on environmentally sustainable materials, we can provide two new materials: BIO-TECHNOPOLYMER and BIO-POLYMER+WOOD.

We will keep researching other new materials to meet the needs of each customer and provide innovative and sustainable solutions.

BIO-TECHNOPOLYMER

100% NATURAL AND BIODEGRADABLE

Crea s.r.l believes in renewable and biodegradable materials. That’s why we decided to invest in and test a new 100% NATURAL BIO-TECHNOPOLYMER, in which none of the components – base resins, colours, additives – has a chemical origin.

This material is:

  • up to 100% BIO-BASED;
  • degradable under any condition;
  • high-temperature resistant;
  • hydrolysis resistant – Dishwashable;
  • UV- and external agent resistant;
  • tailor-made;
  • pad printable, paintable and screen printable.

Composition

This material is a compound made with different bio-technopolymers resulting from renewable sources that use biomass waste without affecting agricultural resources.

The main biopolymers results from the fermentation of some bacteria, which produce polyester through an adequately nourished bacterial culture.

Biodegradation

This material was conceived to produce durable and semi-durable goods, but it degrades as pine or oak wood (based on tests conducted in compliance with standards ISO14855-1:2005, ISO14851 and ISO14852).

As wood, this bio-technopolymer can be used for many years but, under specific conditions, it degrades, starting a biological cycle.

Compostability

This material is compostable in compliance with all international regulations (laboratory tests based on ISO 20200):

  • Home Compost
  • Industrial composting
  • Compostable under aerobic and anaerobic conditions, both during the solid and liquid phase

Ecotoxicity

This raw material is non-toxic. Moreover, the ecotoxic effect of the compost – obtained from a disintegration process – was tested in the laboratory. Bean and barley seeds were buried in two vases filled with a mixture containing 50% of vermiculite/peat and 50% of bio-technopolymer. After 14 days, the germination capacity increased by 70% and no phytotoxic effect or signs of species variation was detected. Therefore, this material did not inhibit the plants’ growth in any way.

Technical features

  • The elastic modulus can range between 500 Mpa and over 5000 Mpa, with elongation at break from 2% to 50% and a density that can vary from 1.20 to 1.50 g/cm3.
  • Thermal resistance can range between 100 and 130 °C (dishwashable).
  • Density is high thanks to the natural charge that provides dimensional stability, surface hardness (abrasion resistance) and waterproof properties to the moulded component surface.
  • UV resistance.

Certifications

This material obtained 4 stars out of 4 from TUV Austria, the certification body in charge of classifying this material based on the percentage of renewable raw material content (bio-based %).

Applications

This material is particularly suitable for producing toys, office supplies, gardening accessories, brushes, houseware/stoves/vases, in the Food and Beverage sector and in many other applications.

BIO-POLYMER+WOOD

ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY

Crea s.r.l adapts to the requirements of an ever-evolving market, while having an environmentally sustainable vision. That’s why we offer a new material, which is a mixture of wood fibres and bioplastic. This material is light, flexible, durable and high-performing, as it combines the best characteristics of wood (including sustainability) and plastic.

We have tested two different types of BIO-POLYMER+WOOD, one with 35% and the other with 40% of wood fibres, each one with its characteristics.

This material is:

  • up to 50% made of a renewable material;
  • environmentally friendly: reduced environmental impact during disposal and reduced CO2 emissions;
  • recyclable: circular product life cycle;
  • available in various colours;
  • tailor-made;
  • pad printable, paintable and screen printable;
  • ideal for different applications.

Composition

This material consists of BIOPOLYMERS with a wood fibre charge that ranges between 35% and 40%.

The wood fibres of this material are obtained from chips of spruce and pine trees grown in the Swedish forest in a sustainable way.

These biocomposite materials use less fossil-based materials in bioplastic items. This way, we can obtain products made with 50% of renewable materials, reducing carbon fossil up to 50%, as well as CO2 emissions and thus environmental impact during disposal.

Items made with these materials have a circular life cycle, as they can be recycled for 5 to 6 cycles.

Food-Grade

BioPolymers containing 40% of wood fibres can come in contact with food. It has two certifications:

  • EU no. 10 / 2011
  • GB 4806.6-2016

Technical Features

The two materials are similar. They both combine flexibility with resistance but have different technical characteristics.

BIO-POLYMER+ WOOD (35%)

  • Tensile strength: 20-35Mpa
  • Tensile modulus: 1300-2100 Mpa
  • Elongation to break 7-16%
  • Flexural strength: 20-50 Mpa
  • Tensile modulus: 800-1600 Mpa

FOOD-GRADE BIO-POLYMER + WOOD (40%)

  • Tensile strength: 15-55 Mpa
  • Tensile modulus: 1000-5000 Mpa
  • Elongation to break 3-10%
  • Flexural strength: 20-75 Mpa
  • Tensile modulus: 800-4000 Mpa

These materials can adapt to customers’ requirements. You can enhance or mitigate the visibility of the wood fibres on the surface and increase impact resistance and/or flexibility.

Certifications

These materials have the following certifications:

  • Chemicals: REACH Compliant
  • Raw material: FSC/PEFC™ Chain of Custody
  • Flammability: UL94:HB
  • Production: approved in compliance with GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice)
  • Toys: EN71-3, GB6675.1-2014
  • Quality: ISO 9001/14001

 

Applications

Bio-Polymer+Wood is the ideal alternative to different rigid plastic materials and perfect for many applications:

  • Interior decorations and furniture: chairs, tables and lamps;
  • Products for daily use: gardening items, kitchenware and household appliances and beauty products;
  • Toys and childcare items;
  • Accessories and food packaging;
  • Automotive, electric components and other industrial applications;
  • Storage and logistics;
  • Hangers and clothing accessories.