PlastiPure (Austin, TX) announced a partnership with Topas Advanced Polymers, Inc. for the use of Topas cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) materials in PlastiPure products certified as estrogenic activity (EA) free.
PlastiPure tested three COC materials (Topas 6013D-61, Topas 8007D-61, and Topas 8007F-04), and approved them as free of EA. For medical and food packaging applications, plastic processors can source these resins directly from Topas as part of an overall PlastiPure EA-Free certification for their products. The firms said they anticipate development of additional materials to extend the Topas PlastiPure-Safe line.
Estrogenic chemicals in plastics including BPA and phthalates have been linked to adverse health effects and have been subject to efforts to ban them. In PlastiPure-certified EA-Free products, all chemicals containing EA are replaced.
PlastiPure says its technology can be used to make most plastic materials and products free of leachable estrogenic chemicals. The firm recently secured a $1.1 million federal grant for developing EA-free materials.
“By purchasing these materials directly from Topas Inc., and then following PlastiPure’s conversion processes using their existing machinery, manufacturers can produce EA-free products,” said PlastiPure CEO Mike Usey.