PLA Foam - Biobased foam with properties similar to EPS


This lightweight foam is made from expanded Poly-Lactid Acid (PLA) polymer, which is derived from renewable sources such as starch or sugar. The foam’s properties are similar to that of expanded polystyrene (EPS aka Styrofoam®), including excellent heat insulation and impact resistance. The foam can be processed using standard EPS shape-moulding equipment.

Used for: 
The foam is used as a substitute for expanded polystyrene for packaging to reduce the carbon footprint. The unbonded PLA beads are used for cavity-fill insulation and as fill in beanbag furniture.

The foam is Cradle-to-Cradle certified, and unlike EPS foam, can be composted under industrial composting conditions. It can also be chemically recycled to obtain feedstock for new PLA polymer. The foam can be expanded to densities between 20 and 100 kg per m³ using CO² as the blowing agent.

Try it:
Notice how it is similar to EPS in look and feel.

The sample:
The sample has the dimensions: 90 mm x 90 mm x 65 mm.

All samples come with a laminated  information card .


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  • Is PLA material in beads? And can this be used in foaming industry where machines are producing in combination with steam.

    I sell the moulded sample block you see in the picture. The raw material is delivered from the manufacturer as beads that are expanded using the same process and machines as traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS).