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JELU: Bioplastic for Furniture Making

23 February 2016

JELU: Bioplastic for Furniture Making

German based JELU-WERK presents JELUPLAST, a novel and versatile material for furniture making.

Like plastic, JELU-WERK claims that its JELUPLAST can be moulded three-dimensionally, offering wide scope for design and possessing the positive attributes of wood. It claims that it attains higher rigidity and flexural strength than plastics whilst its feel and smell closely resembles wood, delivering creative design and usage opportunities for designers and the furniture industry.

Due to its special properties, JELU-WERK says the material is suitable both for outdoor and indoor use. It explains that it is free from formaldehyde, chlorine, phenol, plasticisers and PVC. It can be processed, for instance, to make high-quality seating shells, decorative elements or feet for shelves and cabinets using injection moulding. By means of compression moulding, the bioplastic can be processed to produce stable boards for the substructure of upholstered furniture, for example, and for shelving, side and back walls as well as for cabinet doors. Panels and injection moulded parts from JELUPLAST can be glued, bolted, dyed, coated and welded.

JELU-WERK also claims that furniture made from its JELUPLAST is also suitable for damp interiors, such as bathrooms, kitchens and saunas, because it is resistant to moisture. The bioplastic’s weather resistance makes it an attractive material for outdoor applications too. It is suitable for garden furniture, exterior railings, fences, wall cladding and decking boards.

JELUPLAST consists of food-safe thermoplastic and natural fibres. The proportion of natural fibres can be set individually between 50 and 70 percent. Depending on the type of plastic, JELUPLAST is said to  consist of up to 100 percent of sustainable materials. The properties of the plastic used determine whether the end product is long-lasting or biodegradable. The properties can be further adjusted by means of additives. Flame retardants can be added as well as additives that make the material more resistant to moisture.

JELU-WERK offers biocomposites based on polyethylene, polypropylene, thermoplastic starch (TPS), polylactides (PLA) and other plastics. The fibres used are wood fibres and cellulose fibres. Compounding helps the WPC granulates from JELU to achieve higher compression and to be processed better. The bioplastic has consistent running properties on the machine, facilitating a higher output. JELUPLAST can be processed by injection moulding, extrusion, compression moulding, blow moulding or foaming.

 


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