DuPont Packaging has announced expansion of its DuPont™ Biomax© Strong family of polymer additives to include an FDA compliant grade for food contact applications. DuPont™
Biomax© Strong polymer additives improve the performance of bio-based polylactic acid (PLA) packaging. Considered a sustainable alternative to petrochemical-derived products, PLA is
derived from renewable agricultural products.
New DuPont™ Biomax© Strong 120 is a polymer additive that toughens PLA packaging materials while maintaining compliance with food contact requirements in the United States (set by
the Food and Drug Administration or FDA), and in Europe. A similar additive was introduced in August 2006 for non-food applications. Both grades of Biomax© Strong provide improved
toughness performance with minimal reduction in package clarity.
As a performance modifier in PLA, DuPont™ Biomax© Strong enhances impact strength, flexibility and melt stability – especially important in rigid applications such as cast sheets for
thermoforming and injection molding. When Biomax© Strong is used at recommended levels (1-5 wt%) in PLA, packaging made with the additive outperforms traditional products with minimal
impact on haze or transparency.
“Offering a food contact compliant grade of Biomax© Strong gives DuPont a way to help food marketers take better advantage of an environmentally preferred solution in packages such as
clamshells used in fresh produce sections,” said Shanna Moore, global market manager for DuPont Packaging.
“We are firmly committed to developing sustainable solutions, including solutions that improve the performance of other sustainable offerings in the market,” he Moore said. “By improving the
performance of bio-based and biodegradable products, DuPont™ Biomax© Strong can help the packaging industry deliver high performance at a competitive price.”
Responding to consumer demand
Now more than ever, consumers expect freshness, taste and convenience in packaged foods and beverages – and industry leaders such as DuPont Packaging continue to respond with innovations in
materials and technology, including science-based solutions for improved sustainability. From energy-saving package sealants made with DuPont™ Surlyn© resins, to package performance
enhancers such as DuPont™ Bynel© adhesive resins and easy peeling DuPont™ Appeel© lidding resins, DuPont offers a wide line of high-performance polymers and additives to
meet global packaging needs.
DuPont – one of the first companies to publicly establish environmental goals 16 years ago – has broadened its sustainability commitments beyond internal footprint reduction to include
market-driven targets for both revenue and research and development investment. The goals are tied directly to business growth, specifically to the development of safer and environmentally
improved new products for key global markets.
DuPont is a science-based products and services company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people
everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction;
communications; and transportation.