Natur-Tec BF3002HT: New Technology Platform for Performance Compostable Serviceware

Natur-Tec® BF3002HT is a platform of high-performance, biobased and compostable polymer resin compounds made with modified Ingeo™​. This platform of resin compounds is specifically engineered for disposable food service applications where high heat performance and dimensional stability are critical. Futhermore, this platform offers a fully compostable alternative to polystyrene or polypropylene in applications such as single use cutlery, disposable coffee pods, and other single use food service ware.

Natur-Tec BF3002HT Features 

  • Natur-Tec BF3002HT is obtained by letting down high-filled masterbatch into Ingeo performance grade PLA resins to tailor product properties
  • Natur-Tec BF3002HT is 100% compostable and meets requirements of ASTM D6400 and EN13432​
  • Approved for direct food contact and contains no heavy metals
  • Engineered specifically for high heat resistance applications such as cutlery and food service
  • ​Increased dimensional stability in annealing processes reduces production scrap
  • Innovative masterbatching approach maintains molecular weight of the resin compound, thereby improving mechanical strength of finished product.
  • Small particle size of natural mineral helps increase strength with a high white index
  • Does not contain any polypropylene, polystyrene, or any other conventional plastics that do not biodegrade
  • Manufactured from renewable, biobased Ingeo natural plastic that is made from plants, not oil
  • A total platform solution from a supply chain you can trust

 


Biobased, compostable high heat cutlery made from Natur-Tec BF3002HT

Engineered to Perform

Cutlery made from the Natur-Tec BF3002HT Compound is tougher than PS at room temperature and stronger than PP at high temperatures. See graphs for details:


Stiffness comparison of spoon made with PS, PP and Natur-Tec BF3002HT

Toughness comparison of spoon made with PS, PP and Natur-Tec BF3002HT

Click here to see video of Natur-Tec cutlery rigidity and heat performance tests.

 


Hot water performance of spoon made with PS, PP and Natur-Tec BF3002HT at 80°C
 

Hot water performance of spoon made with PS, PP and Natur-Tec BF3002HT at 90°C
Click here to see video of Natur-Tec cutlery rigidity and heat performance tests.

           

BF3002HT Properties

Physical Properties*

Property Test Method Value
Specific Gravity ASTM D792 1.4 - 1.5 g/cm³
**Melt Flow Rate
MFR 190°C, 2.16 kg
ASTM D1238 5 - 8 g/10 min
Molding Shrinkage ASTM D955 Axial: 0.2 - 0.3%
Lateral: <0.1

Mechanical Properties*

Property Test Method Value
Tensile Strength ASTM D638 64 MPa
Elongation ASTM D638 7%
Flexural Strength ASTM D790 108 MPa
Notched Izod Impact Strength ASTM D256 223 J/m

Thermal Properties*

Property Test Method Value
HDT (before crystallization) ASTM D648 60°C
HDT (after crystallization) ASTM D648 125°C
Heat resistance for cutlery applications   > 90°C

* Data obtained from annealed standard test bars molded with 50/50 blend of Natur-Tec BM3002HT masterbatch and Ingeo™ 3001D

** MFR determined from a 50/50 blend of Natur-Tec BM3002HT masterbatch and Ingeo™ 3001D

Note: The property values listed above are calculated under standard temperature and humidity conditions. These property values should be viewed as guidelines only, and may vary based on processing conditions. No warranties of any kind, either expressed or implied are made regarding products described or regarding designs, data or information set forth.

To Learn More

Click on the links below to view and/or download the PDF version of our product information sheets.
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Bioplastics Magazine Article 
 

BF3002HT Product Data Sheet

BF3002HT Processing Guide
 

Other Applications 

Natur-Tec BF3002HT can also be used for injection molded plastic applications such as:

  • Garment packaging and accessories
  • Food service packaging and containers for hot food items
  • Disposable vine clips and other agricultural applications
  • Single use coffee filter pods 

Contact Us

For technical and commercial information email info@natur-tec.com or call +1 763-404-8700.