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Bio-on Creates Naturally Biodegradable PHA Bioplastic for Future Toys

Published on 2015-12-18. Author : SpecialChem

Bio-on laboratories have created a new type of bioplastic, designed for the toys of the future: the Minerv PHA Supertoys special grade has been used for the first time in the manufacture of building bricks.

Fig. 1: Bio-on

Based on the revolutionary Bio-on biopolymer, 100% naturally biodegradable and already tested in dozens of applications, from automotive to design to biomedical, Supertoys is safe, hygienic and biodegradable, it meets and exceeds the provisions of the recent European Directive 2009/48/EC, known as the TDS (Toy Safety Directive), implemented into the standard international procedure for toy safety evaluation EN 71.

The Minerv PHA Supertoys project, launched by Bio-on, has no commercial goal and aims solely to demonstrate whether or not specific, eco-sustainable and completely biodegradable formulations can be created for making toys that are safe for children and the environment, without losing out on the end product's functionality and aesthetic.
Minerv PHA Supertoys
Fig. 2: Bioplastic Created for Toys

"The presence of toxic substances in toys is still a very serious problem today," says Bio-on S.p.A Chairman Marco Astorri. "We are convinced that this new discovery can make a decisive contribution to the health of our children. In addition to the fact that Bio-on bioplastics are made from renewable waste plant sources, with no competition with food supply chains, and are 100% naturally biodegradable." It is also interesting that LEGO-style building bricks have been chosen as the demonstrator of this innovation. "We chose this product, explains Astorri, because it is very difficult to produce. It has a tolerance of 2 thousandths of a millimetre and the fact that we have succeeded in guaranteeing such a high quality level gives us confidence for future developments."

The research project is open to all laboratories and companies around the world working on toy design and aims to create two types of bioplastic by the end of 2017: Minerv PHA Supertoys type "R", rigid and strong, and Minerv PHA Supertoys type "F", ductile and flexible.

About Bio-on

Bio-on S.p.A., an Italian Intellectual Property Company (IPC), operates in the bioplastic sector conducting applied research and development of modern bio-fermentation technologies in the field of eco-sustainable and completely naturally biodegradable materials. In particular, Bio-on develops industrial applications through the creation of product characterizations, components and plastic items. Since February 2015, Bio-on S.p.A. has also been operating in the development of natural and sustainable chemicals for the future.

Source: Bio-on

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