Plantics bioresin composites
- story by MaterialDistrict
Plantics is the developer and owner of a unique new family of circular biobased thermoset resins and materials. The resins can be used as a binder in composites and wood panels, and as a basis for coatings and foams. Plantics resins are based on a revolutionary invention by the University of Amsterdam. It is the world’s first thermoset resin entirely produced from biomass and it is also recyclable. The raw materials for the bio-resins are derived from plant-based waste or by-products. These materials are worldwide available on an industrial scale. The resins, applications and recycling technology are worldwide protected with patents.
Through the growth of plants CO2 is stored, which makes the resin CO2-negative. The resin is also free from toxic raw materials, making it safe for humans, animals, and the environment. Moreover, the Plantics bio-resin and materials are fully recyclable which enables 100% re-use of the materials. This is unique as normal thermoset resins are not recyclable. Moreover, if the resin ends up in nature it is biodegradable. Plantics bio-resin serves as a sustainable alternative to traditional fossil fuel containing toxic elements such as formaldehyde, isocyanates, and epoxides. Therefore, Plantics’ various products supports the transition towards a circular economy.
Wide range of applications
The Plantics bio-resin developed by Plantics has a wide range of applications. Essentially, Plantics creates three materials using the bio-resin: coatings, composites, and foams. The resin acts as a coating for recycled paper-based plant pots in order to enable a plastic-free cultivation of flowers and plants. When the resin is combined with (natural) fibrous materials it creates a wood-like composite product. For example, from non-woven hemp fibers combined with the Plantics bio-resin can be shaped to 3D objects such as chairs, barstools, traffic signs and service trays. Also, within the wood panel industry the Plantics bio-resin can be used to produce biobased chipboard, plywood, and sandwich panels which can be used in building and construction. Additionally, the bio-resin serves as a raw material for insulation foams. Therefore, Plantics bio-resin forms the basis of sustainable biobased materials capable of replacing toxic, non-renewable and non-recyclable binders in construction materials such as PUR, plywood, and chipboard.