We will be starting trials on some new bio polymers, Gordon Ryan of Irish Bio-polymers has been working on sourcing new TPU TPE replacements. One of which is a material by Spanish manufacturer Merquinsa-
“Bio TPUs are high-performance biopolymers with a biocontent from 20 to 90% according to ASTM D6866, offering a unique set of properties, such as low density, high flexibility, abrasion resistance, good toughness and processability. These Bio TPUs are fully recyclable but not biodegradable. A preliminary life cycle assessment (LCA) indicates that manufacturing Pearlthane® and Pearlbond® ECO product lines result in 40% less global warming emissions.”
source: Press release Merquinsa
It’s going to be very interesting and i hope we don’t get our dreaded Gate blooming back!