Fully biobased support mat for the cultivation of flowers & perennials
100% biobased: the raw material is wool and a bio-binder (100% made out of plant material)
Holds a good amount of water
Good dimensional stability (due to mechanical and thermal production process)
Optimal pore size: roots can easily penetrate and anchor the mat
Nutrition-rich, the mat will stimulate to the growth of plants
During our production a thermal treatment neutralises possible seeds in the mat
The mat functions minimum 1-2 seasons
Easy roll-up and roll-off in the nursery
Compared to coir support mats: homogenous, light weight and easy to cut (no PE-nets and PE-yarn)
At the end of the lifetime the mat will fully biodegrade and compost
100% biobased, the mat will enhance the growth of the plants
Technical datasheet on request
What is PLA?
PLA or Poly Lactic Acid is made from plant material. Starch and plant sugars are used as renewable resource. Today, mainly side and waste streams of the corn industry are used as feedstock.
How is PLA produced? Some chemistry
It all starts with the sun! During the process of the photosynthesis, the leafs of green plants will absorb CO2 from the atmosphere. A molecule CO2 is combined with a molecule water to form sugar and oxygen. The molecule oxygen is released back in the atmosphere. The sugar is used as fuel for the plants. Any unused sugar is stored as starch and can be harvested.
Industrially, dextrose (sugar) is created from the harvested plant starch through a process called hydrolysis. Next, microorganism will convert the sugar into lactic acid through fermentation. The PLA polymer is formed either by (1) direct condensation of lactic acid or (2) via the cyclic intermediate lactide through a ring opening process. PLA is formed!