JELU-WERK has launched JELUPLAST bioplastic, offering the toy industry a material that combines the advantages of wood and plastic for the first time.
JELU-WERK explains that, like plastic, JELUPLAST can be moulded three-dimensionally and offers wide scope for design, yet it also possesses the positive attributes of wood. It says, the bioplastic therefore attains greater strength and rigidity than plastic, which increases toy safety. In its warmth, feel and smell, the new material closely resembles wood. JELUPLAST is also free of chlorine, formaldehyde, phenol, plasticisers and PVC. In addition, the ISO 22196 test for antibacterial activity on plastics shows that JELUPLAST has a strong antibacterial effect. This means that even baby toys are protected against harmful germs and bacteria.
According to JELU-WERK, the proportion of natural fibres and food-safe can be set individually and amount to between 50 and 70 percent. The natural fibres can remain visible or be undetectable according to preference. Depending on the type of plastic, the bioplastic consists up to 100 per cent of sustainable materials. The properties of the plastic used determine whether the end product is long-lasting or compostable. JELUPLAST can be processed by injection moulding, extrusion, compression moulding, blow moulding or foaming.
JELU-WERK explains that it produces premixed compounds and manufacture customised WPC granulates with different filler concentrations and alternating additives according to the customers’ needs. JELU offers biocomposites based on polyethylene, polypropylene, thermoplastic starch (TPS), polylactides (PLA) and other plastics. The fibres are either wood fibres or cellulose fibres. JELUPLAST with PLA or TPS is biodegradable or compostable.