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LATI launches line of PLA-based materials

Italian polymer supplier LATI Industria Termoplastici SpA (Vedano Olona, Italy) has launched the LATIGEA family of thermoplastic compounds based on bioderived-feedstock polylactic acid (PLA). The company says the compostable and biodegradable resin is obtained from renewable and sustainable starch sources, and that it's suitable for applications in a variety of markets, from electronics and home appliances to tools and furniture.

Stressing the sustainable nature of the grades, LATI says the resin family includes no blends or alloys combining PLA and oil-derived resins. In addition, only environmentally benign fillers and additives will be used, and no oxo-degradable matrices will be applied, with the company saying that technology's decomposition "can not be compared to a proper composting."

With the goal of a "truly" compostable and biodegradable resin, the LATIGEA range of PLAs was rated biodegradable according to ISO 14851:2004 and ISO 14852:2004, and compostable as per UNI EN 13432:2000. One of the LATIGEA grades, B01 L/07, features wood flour, helping fulfill the goal of an eco-sustainable plastic compound. [email protected]

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