Development of a bioplastics material based on polylactic acid (PLA) to produce a
homogeneous, elastic flooring as an alternative to soft PVC.


Project Executing Organization: Fachagentur Nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR) [Agency for Renewable Resources]

Duration: July 2016 – June 2019

Funding institution: Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft [Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture]

Summary: The aim of the project is the development of a softener-free, biobased, thermoplastic vulcanized material (Bio TPV) made from polylactic acid (PLA), which is suitable for the production of calendered homogeneous, elastic floor coverings. The use of renewable resources as well as questions about the health risks of the substances used and the recycling and the ecological footprint of a product are gaining in importance in the construction sector. Today's standard for the production of homogeneous, elastic floor coverings is to use soft PVC. This only meets the increasing sustainability requirements to a limited degree, or doesn’t even meet them at all, in particular the high proportion of low molecular weight plasticizers in the soft PVC flooring. Although wood-based parquet or linoleum materials are biobased alternative materials, they are not a substitute for soft PVC in elastic floor coverings for large-area laying.
In contrast, the substitution of PVC floor coverings with the use of thermoplastically moldable bioplastics, above all PLA, is an approach which indicates the way ahead

Contact: Mücahit Üngör

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