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Eastern BioPlastics makes bio composites with poultry feathers

News International-French

17 Apr 2013

Eastern BioPlastics Emerald resins are a propriety blend of poultry feathers compounded with polyolefins (polypropylenes and polyethylenes) to create environmentally valuable composites.

Eastern BioPlastics is the world leader in manufacturing and distributing composite resins derived from poultry feathers: the Emerald resins line.
The Emerald composite materials showcase different aspects of strength and flexibility at varying feather fiber loading concentrations.

Utilizing feather fibers as a reinforcing agent, up to 50% (by mass) of the base petroleum plastic is replaced with low density, eco-friendly poultry feather fibers. Some benefits of substituting feather fibers for petroleum:

- More affordable (as feathers are a waste product)
- Feathers are a renewable resource
- Reduces carbon footprint (up to 50% less petroleum)
- End products have greater market appeal (green, sustainable and functional)
- Does not disrupt global population food demands
- Reduces density
- Can be easily processed using existing machinery

Feather fibers can be used with:
- Polypropylene (PP): homopolymers, copolymers and impact copolymers
- High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
- Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)


Much of development to date has utilized injection mold grade and extrusion grade PP as base polymer matrix to which EBP blend feather fibers at various concentrations (up to 50%). These composite resins satisfy the standards of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Some applications where these composites are currently being used and trialed include injection molded:
- Office Furniture (B-Surface Seat Bases & Backs)
- Automotive Parts
- Plant/Horticulture Containers
- Sporting Goods
- Poultry Feeders
- Pet Feeders & Toys

Composites are an effective way to maintain the integrity and stability of existing products while beginning to transition to a more sustainable, environmentally friendly plastic alternative.


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