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TPE from renewable resources


What is Dryflex Green?
Dryflex Green is a family of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds containing raw materials from renewable resources such as plant and vegetable crops. So far we have developed several series with amounts of renewable content to over 90% (ASTM D 6866) with hardnesses from 20 Shore A to 50 Shore D.

Why use biobased?
Plastics are predominantly a by-product of oil, a diminishing resource. We are therefore seeing increasing demands to look at how we can work with biobased, renewable materials and bring new opportunities for sustainability.

Utilising raw materials that are derived from renewable vegetable crops, that are responsibly grown, can contribute to an improved LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), which measures the environmental impact of all stages a product’s life from cradle to grave.

Crops for industrial use can be grown in poor soil which is unsuited to food crops, avoiding food crop displacement and improving biodiversity. The planting of these crops can also help to reduce CO2 levels.

Key Properties
Dryflex Green TPE compounds display mechanical and physical properties comparable to TPE from fossil based raw materials

  • Flexibility & tensile properties
  • Soft-touch feel
  • Suitable for injection moulding & extrusion
  • Adhesion to polymers such as PE, PP, ABS, SAN, PET and PLA
  • Fully recyclable
  • Can easily be coloured
  • Amounts of renewable content to over 90% (ASTM D 6866)
  • Hardnesses from 20 Shore A to 50 Shore D

Applications
Dryflex Green TPE compounds could open up sustainability options in the consumer, automotive, packaging, medical and construction markets.

Processing
Dryflex Green TPE compounds can be processed using conventional thermoplastic fabricating methods, including injection moulding and extrusion.

Download Dryflex Green Product Guide

For further information about our Dryflex Green TPE compounds please contact green@hexpolTPE.com