Teknor Apex took home the Innovation in Bioplastics Award from SPI for its development of Terraloy high-impact, heat-resistant polylactic acid (PLA) compounds, which are compostable and reportedly generate less greenhouse gas than standard resins for applications such as disposables and foodware.
"The work of our Terraloy technical team, headed by technical manager Greg Anderson, along with our research partner Cerestech Inc., has enabled us to enhance polylactic acid in areas such as heat resistance, impact resistance and processability while retaining key bioplastics values such as FDA compliance, high bio-based content, and compostability," said Edwin Tam, manager of new strategic initiatives for Teknor Apex.
The new Terraloy HDT PLA compounds are available in extrusion grades for thermoformed products like lids, cups, bowls, and trays and injection molding grades for cutlery, cups, and bowls. Besides being FDA compliant, the compounds have been designated by our customers as compostable in accordance with the ASTM D-6400 standard, and Teknor Apex has received USDA BioPreferred certification. Bio-based content of the molding and extrusion grades is 84 and 96%, respectively.