PHA - Polyhydroxyalkanoates
This bio-plastic is bio and marine degradable. It is considered more environmentally friendly than the other options listed on this page. Once molded, it has mechanical characteristics similar to polypropylene and high-impact poly styrene. It can be used in applications that must avoid brittle materials and can be used in projects with living hinges. Start a chat by clicking on the link below to request more information.
PLA - Polylactic Acid
This bio-plastic is biodegradable in a composting environment. Naturally transparent, it can be used for clear applications, but its brittleness is similar to General Purpose Polystyrene. To combat this, PHA an be used as an impact modifier when blended into PLA at 15 - 25%. While it has many uses, it is commonly used for food packaging. Start a chat by clicking on the link below to request more information.
Cellulose Filled PP
Cellulose fiber is a natural polymer found in trees. Some key benefits of cellulose fibers as a reinforcement in plastics are that it is sustainable, strong, flexible, and nonabrasive to tooling. Another key benefit is that it is roughly 40% less dense than materials reinforced with glass fiber. Additionally, weight reduction and reduced cooling time have reduced the cost associated with molding in Thrive versus materials such as PP and HIPS. Start a chat by clicking on the link below to request more information.