Display case: Coconut resin

By: Kajsa Logan-Müller

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To make plastic, or a polymer, you have to combine a dry filler with a liquid monomer. By replacing the often petroleum based filler material with leftover husks from the coconut-industries, it creates a fully biodegradable polymer.

More than being a viable alternative to other, non-degradable plastics, this creates another source of income for coconut farmers, who otherwise would have thrown the husks away.

The filler is being bought as either small pellets or a fine powder and, while naturally brown, can be dyed into any number of opaque colors.

Possible areas of use is in the automotive industry, furniture, toys, packaging, construction, luggage and displays, just to name a few. There are of course many more possibilities to this material, which can be casted, injection molded, extruded, blow molded or thermoformed.

To learn more about this natural functional filler for polymers, go to http://www.planetforward.org/idea/transforming-bio-waste-into-everyday-products, or come visit the MIC, room 540

Open mon-thurs 9:30 am – 7:30 pm

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