"As demand for bioplastic resins grows, so does the demand for high-performance durable grades that are cost-effective," said Cereplast chairman and CEO Frederic Scheer, in a press release. "As the price of oil continues to rise, Cereplast Hybrid Resins get closer to parity with traditional plastics, providing an affordable, eco-friendly solution for companies that wish to reduce their environmental impact."
Biopropylene polypropylene (PP)-based resin consists of polypropylene encapsulating starch particles. Aside from providing a lower carbon footprint than traditional PP, key properties of PP have been retained, such as mold shrinkage, mold flow, surface appearance, chemical resistance, heat deflection temperature, and hinge performance.
The Hybrid 102D formulation's performance characteristics are similar to those of Cereplast's existing Hybrid 101 resin, but 102D has a higher starch content. Its main applications are products made with injection molding that require some ductility. The Hybrid 105D grade is designed for applications with thinner walls than the 101 grade, so it is aimed at high flow injection molding. It replaces the existing Hybrid 103 grade, improving on it with more consistent properties and processing.