About Biobent Polymers™
Biobent Polymers is a unique bioplastics company with an award winning process that converts traditional thermoplastics into bioplastics. Our goal is nothing short of a complete reshaping of the $465 billion thermoplastics marketplace.
In 2009, with funding from the Ohio Soybean Council, Battelle Memorial Institute, the world’s largest private research organization, began research into soy-based bioplastics. The result was the development of a novel process that converts petroleum-based thermoplastics into bioplastics containing as much as 40% renewable bio-content.
Additional support for this project came from Univenture, Inc., a 25-year-old Ohio plastics manufacturer. In their quest to find sustainable and eco-friendly materials for use in its UniKeep™ and EnvyPak™ product lines, Using Univenture’s polypropylene, Battelle successfully converted Biobent’s first bioplastic.
Using this converted bioplastic, a molding trial was conducted. We found that it not only worked, but functioned as a drop-in replacement for their petroleum-based polypropylene. The new Biobent polypropylene was easy to mold, maintained virtually all of the mechanical properties of the virgin polypropylene (flexural modulus, tensile, and impact). The converted bioplastic was easy to work with and did not require mold replacement or modification.
This was a tremendous break though given the poor performance and difficult processing of other bioplastics.