WPC for contact with food
In JELUPLAST® JELU has developed a Wood Plastic Composite (WPC) that is suitable for coming into contact with food and significantly reduces the use of plastic in the food industry. The composite fulfils the stringent requirements demanded in Europe in respect of materials that come into contact with food. JELUPLAST® is food-safe and is free of pollutants such as chlorine, phenol, formaldehyde, PVC and plasticisers.
Moving away from conventional plastics
It is hard to imagine the food industry without plastics. As well as being used in the packaging and presentation of food, they also play a part as components in the food production process. We also use a considerable amount of disposable tableware and cutlery in our consumption of food. However, plastic has gained a bad reputation on account of its adverse environmental impact; once in the environment, it can take many years for conventional plastics to fully decompose. Alternatives are therefore needed.
WPC – a genuine alternative to plastic
JELUPLAST® is a wood-plastic compound that replaces traditional plastics. It possesses greater strength and rigidity than plastic, making it ideal for small parts of conveyor lines in the food industry. As a packaging material, our WPC is moisture-resistant and suitable for all types of food. Our composite also has no influence whatsoever on the smell, taste or texture of the food which is packaged in it. The wood fibre content is between 50 and 70%. To produce JELUPLAST®, wood fibres are compounded with plastic and then granulated. The homogeneous WPC granulate has good running properties and, like plastic, can be processed to form high-quality products by injection moulding and extrusion as well as compression moulding, blow moulding and foaming. We offer premixed compounds and customised compounds.
Material from renewable resources
JELUPLAST® is a composite based on renewable resources. The high proportion of wood fibres in the WPC reduces the consumption of mineral-based plastics, thereby reducing plastic waste. We also supply WPC granulates on request, which are manufactured entirely from biobased raw materials. The following biobased plastics are used for this variant:
- Thermoplastic starch (TPS)
- Polylactic acid (PLA)
- Polyethylene (PE) from sugar cane
The result is a material that consists entirely of renewable resources and is fully compostable.