Germany: Renewable Feedstock Ineos Styrolution Launches First Specialty Products Based on Bio-Attributed Styrene

Editor: Alexander Stark

With Styrolux ECO and Styroflex ECO, Ineos Styrolution introduces new lines of styrenics solutions made with renewable raw materials.

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Ineos Styrolution launches its first specialty products based on bio-attributed styrene.
Ineos Styrolution launches its first specialty products based on bio-attributed styrene.
(Source: Ineos Styrolution)

Frankfurt/Germany — Two new products expand Ineos Styrolution's ECO family of sustainable products. They require fewer fossil resources and have a 74 % lower greenhouse gas footprint when compared to styrene produced by fossil fuel, the company announced.

Styrolux /Styroflex ECO resins are a range of thermoplastic styrene-butadiene copolymers (SBC). The material offers identical product characteristics as the conventionally produced Styrolux /Styroflex copolymers. Styrolux is used for applications such as labelling and twist films, shrink film, food packaging, medical applications (e.g. drip chambers and medical tubes) and various other applications (such as hangers and office equipment). Styroflex offers the properties of a thermoplastic elastomer (S-TPE), suitable for extrusion and injection molding, and can be used for a broad range of applications such as wrap films, stretch hoods and modifiers for the household industry.

Styrolux/ -flex ECO is available in two grades in commercial quantities: 100 % of the fossil-based styrene is replaced by bio-attributed styrene, or 50 % of the fossil-based styrene is replaced by bio-attributed styrene.

With these new materials, the company introduces the concept of bio-attribution, i.e. the materials are obtained from a mix of renewable and fossil feedstock during production. The renewable feedstock can be sourced from local household kitchen waste or the residue from the Scandinavian pulp industry. All renewable feedstock sources are certified by the Roundtable of Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) and comply with the highest sustainability certification criteria.

The new solution is a drop-in solution for manufacturers, with identical high quality and a signification reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

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