Plastic (FINALLY) Goes Green!

Over the last few years, the industrial paints and coatings industry has turned their attention to biodegradable, clean-label chemicals to replace petroleum-based chemicals. Researchers have focused on developing cost-effective alternatives made from environmentally-friendly materials with competitive mechanical features. 

As a trend toward environmentally-friendly materials has surged, biopolymers have become highly popular. However, biopolymer films have poor mechanical properties and require a plasticizer to broaden their end-use application. With the rise of biopolymers, the visibility of plasticizers has grown, as they increase the flexibility, durability, transparency and life of plastics and help to overcome many of biopolymers’ limitations.  

Manufacturers today use plasticizers in combination with both polymers and biopolymers, and many in the industrial paints and coatings industry are specifically seeking out greener replacements for conventional and synthetic plasticizers such as phthalates, esters of phthalic anhydride. 

One natural plasticizer that is compatible with many plastics, rubbers and resins is Acetyltributyl Citrate (ATBC). It provides the flex in plastics without environmental concerns. Initially used as a plasticizer in polymers and cellulose derivatives, ATBC’s usefulness has grown into multiple applications as the demand for green, clean-label materials rises. 

With conventional plasticizers currently under scrutiny, ATBC is able to replace them in many applications including in cosmetics, personal care, pharmaceutical coatings, food-contact films, paints and coatings, can coatings, molded articles, ink formulations, transparency films and beyond. 

At Viachem, we offer Sucroplast ATBC from premier chemical manufacturer, Sucroal. Our ATBC offering is a clear, nearly colorless, oily liquid that is freely soluble in alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, acetone and toluene.

Our Sucroplast ATBC offering is premium, top-of-the-line and avoids regulatory concerns. It is certified by FDA regulation Title 21 CFR 181.27; EINECS – No. 201-067-0 and is registered under CAS No. 77-90-7. It also meets the standards described in The United States Pharmacopeia USP.

Sucroplast ATBC is certified as a non-toxic substance by the EC Food Additive included in the European Union list of flavorings and source materials set out in the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 793/2012 and are listed in the ingredients used in cosmetics 2006-257 -EC. Sucroplast ATBC produced at Sucroal also has the following certifications: ISO 9001: 2008, Kosher, Halal and is a Non-GMO product and a Phthalates-free alternative.

It is a seamless addition to many product formulations, especially for manufacturers looking to diminish their carbon footprint and make a better environmental impact. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our team today to request a sample or get more information at [email protected].

By |2020-09-15T18:16:46+00:00September 8th, 2020|Blog|

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