CountrySlovakia (Slovak Republic)
- story by MaterialDistrict
Nuatan is a 100% biobased, biocompatible and biodegradable plastic. The material is petroleum free, and consists of renewable raw resources, including cornstarch, sugar and cooking oil.
Essentially, it’s a blend of two biopolymers, Polyacid Acid (PLA), derived from corn starch, and Polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), made from corn starch that has been metabolised by microorganisms. The material can be formed using various production methods, including injection moulding and 3D printing. It can be used to make disposable products, such as straws and single-use bags, but also for products that have a longer lifespan, up to 15 years.
The material can withstand temperatures of over 100 degrees Celsius, and it biodegrades in 90 days if put in an industrial composter. The material is safe to eat for both humans and animals.