DURABIO™, a plant-based bio engineering plastic with excellent scratch resistance, has been adopted for the industry’s first biomass helmet

The Mitsubishi Chemical Group (MCG) hereby announces that MCG’s bio-based engineering plastic, DURABIO™, has been adopted for the entire body of the biomass plastic helmet “pervio® BP” manufactured by Starlite Co., Ltd. (Starlite; Head office: Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture; President: Takashi Saigo). This product has been sold by Starlite since June 1, 2022.

“DURABIO™” is a bio-based engineering plastic made from the renewable plant-derived raw material “isosorbide.” It has better performance than any other common engineering plastic typically used for helmets in terms of scratch resistance, good coloring, realizing a glossy surface, etc. These excellent characteristics were fully evaluated, and for the first time, the material was adopted as plant-based plastic for helmets. The material has been adopted for the body and peak of the helmet “pervio® BP” sold by Starlite, which is the first helmet to receive a biomass plastic mark.

The use of biomass plastic made from plant-based materials such as “DURABIO™” can reduce the consumption of petroleum, which is an exhaustible resource, and can also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gases that are said to be the cause of global warming, since the plant that makes the raw material absorbs carbon dioxide during the growth process. MCG will continue to focus on the development of “DURABIO™” toward the realization of carbon neutrality.

Reference: Starlite’s website for introducing this product

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