By Cameron Chai
At PACK Expo, Telles will showcase Mirel P5001, a new commercial film grade bioplastic ideal for several applications, including marine, merchandise bags and compostable bags. The company will also display other products from the bioplastics portfolio.
The new grade will support the collection of organic waste used for municipal composting and anaerobic digestion. A film made from Telles’ Mirel P5001 provides high seal strength, tear resistance, excellent puncture toughness, shelf stability and good printability. The processing of Mirel P5001 is carried out on both blown and cast film extruder lines.
Telles will also discuss the use of Mirel to enhance the performance of blends. A manufacturer and distributor of biodegradable packaging products for retailers, StarchTech employs Mirel resin in its proprietary bioplastic blend for peanut packaging. The packing for peanuts are produced from 93% bio-based content and they are biodegradable in marine environments. Such water-soluble packing peanuts shield packages during shipment as well as protect the environment.
The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) has tested the Mirel P5001 resin to ASTM D7081 standard for biodegradation in marine environments and concluded that it is completely marine biodegradable. The material has also been tested by Organics Waste Systems (OWS) for anaerobic biodegradation based on ASTM D5511 standard method. Mirel P5001 achieved 100% biodegradation in 15 days. The commercial film grade bioplastic has also been Vinçotte certified for OK Home compostable, Vinçotte OK Compost certified to EN 13432 standards for compostable plastics and BPI certified to ASTM D6400.