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Single-serve coffee capsules from biodegradable Apinat bioplastic

API, an Italian company producing thermoplastic elastomeric compounds and bioplastics, has introduced an expanded portfolio of Apinat bioplastics for single-serve coffee capsules.

In response to an increase in demand for compostable coffee capsules -  API business unit manager Aldo Zanetti noted that consumers are “increasingly looking for eco-friendly solutions for their coffee machines” -  the company has now launched new grades of biodegradable and compostable bioplastics, including thermoplastic elastomers TPE-E and TPC.

The company said the new grades of Apinat bioplastics offer outstanding mechanical and thermal characteristics during the brewing process and are highly suitable to replace conventional, fossil-based plastics.

The new Apinat grades feature a renewable-sourced content of between 60% to over 90%, are suitable for injection moulding and continuous compression moulding, and fully comply with the US Food and Drug Administration and EU food contact regulations.

In addition, the new products conform to the biodegradability standards of the European Bioplastics Association, as well as the scientifically recognized standards, EU 13432/EN 14995 and US ASTM D6400, for the biodegradability and compostability of plastic products.

In 2016, over 35 billion non-recyclable plastic coffee capsules were produced worldwide, and experts predict an increase of 17 billion plastic capsules by the end of 2020.

Materials company Trinseo acquired API in July 2017. Trinseo is a global materials solutions provider and manufacturer of plastics, latex binders, and synthetic rubber. It delivers innovative and sustainable solutions to a wide range of end-markets, including automotive, consumer electronics, appliances, medical devices, lighting, electrical, carpet, paper and board, building and construction, and tires.

» Publication Date: 05/10/2017

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