Biodegradation testing facility
CSIRO has designed and built testing laboratories that can assess the biodegradation of plastics according to Australian Standard AS 4736.
Bioplastics, or “green polymers”, are derived from renewable biomass sources, such as starch, protein or polylactic acid, blended with natural fillers.
Ceramifiable plastic cables
An Australian plastic cable coating that transforms into a fireproof ceramic in a blaze maintains the integrity of electrical circuits for alarms, pumps and fans vital for safe evacuation and fire fighting.
Easy breathe industrial filters
Respirator filters containing blends of wool and synthetic fibres are now on sale in hardware stores, signalling the successful application of manufacturing technology developed by CSIRO.