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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.

Details:
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.

All samples come with a laminated  information card .

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