The Universal Selection Source:
Plastics & Elastomers


Biodegradale plastics have the ability to be degraded by microorganisms present in the environment by entering the microbial food chain. As disposal conditions vary dramatically from one place to another, biodegradation of plastics is not a uniform process. Compostable plastics are biodegradable in composting conditions, while other plastics degrade in the soil (landfills or anaerobic digestors).

The most widely used standard tests measuring biodegradability of plastics are ASTM D 6400, EN 13432, ISO 17088.

Name of the polymer Explicit name of the polymer Value
Bio PEBA(28-32%renewable carbon) Bio Polyether block amide(28-32%renewable carbon) No
Bio PEBA(44-48% renewable carbon) Bio Polyether block amide(44-48% renewable carbon) No
Bio PEBA(62-66% renewable carbon) Bio Polyether block amide(62-66% renewable carbon) No
Bio PEBA(77-81% renewable carbon) Bio Polyether block amide(77-81% renewable carbon) No
Bio PEBA(87-91% renewable carbon) Bio polyether block amide(87-91% renewable carbon) No
Bio PEBA(93-97% renewable carbon) Bio Polyether block amide(93-97% renewable carbon) No
Bio-TPU 85 Shore A Bio-TPU 85 Shore A No
Bio-TPU 90 Shore A Bio-TPU 90 Shore A No
Bio-TPU 95 Shore A Bio-TPU 95 Shore A No
CA - Cellulose Acetate Cellulose Acetate No
CAB - Cellulose Acetate Butyrate Cellulose Acetate Butyrate No
CP - Cellulose Proprionate Cellulose Proprionate No
PA 10.10-Unreinforced Polyamide 10.10-Unreinforced No
PA 11 30% Glass fiber reinforced Polyamide 11 30% Glass fiber reinforced No
PA 11 conductive Polyamide 11 conductive No
PA 11 flexible Polyamide 11 flexible No
PA 11 glass filled Polyamide 11 glass filled No
PA 11 rigid Polyamide 11 rigid No
PC/PLA(25%) blend Polycarbonate/polylactide(25%) blend No
PC/PLA(40%)blend Polycarbonate/polylactide(40%)blend No
PCL - Polycaprolactone Polycaprolactone Yes
PE/TPS - Thermoplastic Starch Polyethylene/Thermoplastic starch No
PGA - Polyglycolides Polyglycolides Yes
PHB - Polyhydroxybutyrate Polyhydroxybutyrate Yes
PHB-V(5% valerate) Poly(hydroxybutyrate - co- valerate) Yes
PLA-Fiber Melt Spinning Polylactide-Fiber Melt Spinning Yes
PLA-Heat Seal Layer Polylactide-Heat Seal Layer Yes
PLA-High heat films Polylactide-High heat films Yes
PLA-injection molding Polylactide-injection molding Yes
PLA-Spunbond Polylactide-Spunbond Yes
PLA-Stretch blow molding Polylactide-Stretch blow molded bottles Yes
TPS/biodegradable copolyester Thermoplastic starch/biodegradable copolyester No
TPS/PP Thermoplastic starch/Polypropylene No
TPS-Injection General Purpose Thermoplastic Starch GP Yes
TPS-Injection Water Resistant Thermoplastic Starch WR Yes

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