Kuori WAB N1
What is it?
A bio-based and biodegradable elastic material based on food waste such as banana peels and nut shells. This grade is a thermoplastic elastomer compound for injection moulding applications. It can also be processed by pressing, 3D printing, or foaming, like conventional thermoplastics.
The mechanical characteristic properties shown here were determined by the Institute of Polymer Engineering of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland on injection-moulded standardized test specimens.
Delivered in its natural colour, yellow-brown, KUORI’s colours can also be customised to customer preferences. Available worldwide.
TensileModulus: 7.8 MPa
Yield Strength: 7.5 MPa
Stress at Break: 580%
Charpy Notched Impact Strength, +23°C: (No tests carried out)
Charpy Notched Impact Strength, -30°C: (No tests carried out)
Density: 1.23 kg/dm³
Melt Volume-Flow Rate: 9.23 cm³/10min
This bio-based and biodegradable material is elastic and serves as an alternative to conventional elastomers.
Look and feel
The inclusion of banana peels and nut shells, creates natural patterning and coloring. Moreover, the material can be dyed, engraved, printed upon, polished, sandblasted and more (Post-processing).
KUORI materials are industrially compostable and can break down within 90 days. Microplastics derived from this material can naturally biodegrade without releasing harmful substances into the environment. Production also uses food byproducts that otherwise would be discarded.
This material can be applied in various industries: fashion, outdoor, and toys, for example. The company is actively engaged in dynamic pilot projects with other companies to refine and adapt its material to suit new applications.
Why we chose this material
Biodegradable soft materials are rare.
We like the idea of using food waste as a feedstock.
Why you should consider this material
You want to find an elastic material with reduced carbon footprint.
You see the biodegradability as a benefit.
About the manufacturer
KUORI, a Swiss cleantech startup, creates circular materials by upcycling food byproducts. Their innovative materials combat microplastic pollution caused by everyday products. The company supplies granules to manufacturers in fashion, outdoors, and toys. Their materials offer a responsible and sustainable alternative with elasticity, biological origin, and biodegradability. Winners of the “Renewable Material of the Year 2023” of the Nova-Institute.