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01-07-2020

Ecological Coloring of Bioplastics

Masterbatches for Polyethylene

Bioplastics require additives made of renewable raw materials (© BASF)

Bioplastics require additives made of renewable raw materials (© BASF)

Bioplastics, biodegradable plastics and recyclates pose individual demands on colorization. BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, presented Sicoversal B, a biodegradable masterbatch for coloring compostable plastics. With this product, bioplastics can be colored in an environmentally friendly manner.

Based on Sugarcane

The polyethylene carrier system of Sicolen B is based on sugarcane. It therefore consists of renewable raw materials that originate from a proven responsible cultivation that protects rainforest and biodiversity as stated in a press release. According to the company, this carbon-neutral polyethylene base reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to conventional products and saves scarce resources such as crude oil.

The coloration of fossil or bio-based polyethylene with Sicolen B allows the polymer base of their products to be upgraded by reducing their ecological footprint. The compliance with legal requirements as well as the acquisition of certificates regarding the bio-value of plastic products are simplified and favored. In this way, Sicolen B promotes the use of renewable and recyclable biopolymers through the possibility of environmentally friendly and the same time economical coloring for numerous polyethylene (PE) applications.

In addition to a range of six Sicolen B standard colors, the development of tailor-made organic-based Colors & Effects masterbatches supports the exchange of currently used products with the bio-based version.

Additional information
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    BASF Acquires Sculpteo

    To continue to expand its position as a service provider in the additive manufacturing sector, BASF signed an agreement to acquire the online 3D printing service provider Sculpteo. Clément Moreau will stay with Sculpteo as CEO.   more

  • Green Shape Changers
    Kunststoffe international 2019/11, PAGE 42 - 45

    Green Shape Changers

    Bioplastics for Shape-Changing Structures

    Shape-changing structures (smart structures) are able to change their shape in response to external stimuli. The change of shape is...   more

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BASF Aktiengesellschaft

Carl-Bosch-Str. 38
DE 67056 Ludwigshafen
Tel.: 0621 60-42006
Fax: 0621 6049396

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