Molded biocomposite combines corn cobs, peanut hulls, flax shive and recycled resin

Corn cobs, peanut hulls, and flax shive are mixed with recycled plastics for a new, greener line of injection molded plant markers. Sam McCord, CEO and founder of MCG BioComposites LLC (Cedar Rapids, IA) told PlasticsToday finished parts have biomass loadings ranging from 20-30% of the finished components, with the biofillers supplied by Best Cob (corn), CERCO (peanut hulls), and SWM International (flax shive).

More difficult than sourcing the biomass is securing recycled resin. "Recycled content is becoming more challenging as we grow due to higher demands," McCord noted.

In May 2012 MCG was awarded a grant through the State of Iowa Demonstration Fund to develop new tooling, and design and build a new web site in support of the markers, which received a Green Thumb Award through the Direct Gardening Association in 2012. The stem and the face plate of the original 9-inch marker have been widened, and the company developed an all new 13-inch marker with a 30° angled face plate for ease of view....

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