BioFoam Packaging (EPLA)


BioFoam is a new patented foam that is comparable to Airpop (EPS-expanded polystyrene). It looks similar in structure and has more or less the same properties as Airpop. The major difference is that Airpop is made of polymers that are based on fossil raw materials (a finite resource). The raw material for BioFoam consists of biopolymers, which are made of vegetable materials (an infinite resource). This makes BioFoam the first foam to have an organic base. The consequence is that BioFoam, like Airpop, can be reused. In addition, it is biodegradable and it can be industrially composted at high temperatures under the influence of moisture and bacteria. BioFoam is durable and is suitable for long-term use in virtually all technical and packaging applications


BioFoam®: The first CO2 neutral foam in the world

Synbra Technology bv is currently finalizing the certification of the world’s first particle foam to receive a Carbon Neutrality verification in compliance with the PAS 2060 standard. BioFoam® is a fully bio-based particle foam made from renewable resources. BioFoam® is a PLA based foam. Already starting up in 2006, Synbra Technology invented, developed and patented this unique material. Through its converting companies, Synbra Group wants to become the leading supplier of sustainable and biodegradable particle foam.

Synbra Group companies, such as IsoBouw, Synprodo, Plastimar and Styropack, are already using the BioFoam® material in series production for the white goods sector, ice cream packaging and the pharmaceutical sector, amongst others. Besides its own production facilities, Synbra is setting up a network of  pioneering partner companies in the USA, the UK, Italy and in other European countries  and is seeking coverage in strategic markets. The existing distribution and production network already offers BioFoam® moulded products as a valuable and sustainable addition to the existing range of particle foam products.

About PLA & BioFoam®

Based on renewable resources, BioFoam® is extremely environmentally friendly. After use BioFoam® can be either re-formed into a new foam product or recycled into solid PLA. Besides that it’s got the unique possibility to be fully composted. Since 2009 BioFoam® is a C2CCM (Silver) certified foam – the first foam  to obtain this certification. It is already used in many applications and has become a driven product innovation within many industries (refer to the cases below).

Environmentally friendly and CO2-neutral

During composting biodegradable blends of fossil and bio-based plastics on the market still may release fossil CO2, this is not the case for BioFoam®, which is fully bio-based. It was the first foam to be awarded the Cradle to CradleCM certificate and has also received a material health certificate from EPEA-Hamburg certifying that BioFoam® is free from any CMR substance.Unlike any other particle foam on the market, only CO2 (taken from the atmosphere) is used as a blowing agent. No VOC’s are emitted during production. BioFoam is a certified food-approved material. Without addition of a flame retardant it meets the Euro class E fire standard.

Wide recognition for BioFoam®:

  • 2011 Winner of the Frost & Sullivan 'Green Excellence in Product Innovation 2011 award'
  • 2011 Winner of 'Nederlandse Bouwprijs'
  • 2010 NVC - Bronzen noot 2010
  • 2010 Awarded the Cradle to Cradle certificate
  • 2010 Winner of 'MKB Innovatie Top 100'
  • 2009 NRK - 'PRIMA Ondernemen Award Goud'

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EPS, PUR, Cardboard , Mineral wool, EPP,

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