Metabolix, Inc., an US-based bioplastics maker announced to supply the injection molding-grade of corn-based Mirel(TM) bioplastic resin to Bioverse, a developer of natural products to assist bioremediation of commercial and residential water features. Bioverse will be use the bioplastic resin for producing a new biodegradable version of its AquaSphere PRO pond and lake treatment system for golf courses. The AquaSphere is a submersible, plastic-enclosed water treatment system. As per the company, Mirel resins are the only high performance thermoplastics available which are certified to meet Vincotte OK Biodegradable Water Standard for natural fresh water environments.
The specific terms of the contract with Telles, the joint venture between Metabolix and Archer Daniels Midland Company that produces Mirel bioplastics, have not been disclosed. Bioverse is the first customer announcement in the marine and fresh water market, one of six targeted markets for Telles. Bioverse's approach is a good example of a customer leveraging the unique environmental benefits of Mirel over the traditional petroleum based materials used in this market. This demonstrates that thick injection molded parts made from Mirel, as well as film and sheet applications will biodegrade in fresh water.