The most important and therefore most difficult choice when developing or processing plastic products is choosing the best material for the right reasons. This is sometimes in contrast with the desired properties. It’s our goal to find the optimal balance between functional esthetics and properties as this will be the backbone of your project.
One of the fastest ways to help the environment is to reduce the amount of fossil based raw materials.
This can be achieved in different ways. The most obvious way is to replace your fossil polymer fraction by a biobased material. Most commonly used options are biobased polymer, wood fibre or other types of natural filler. These substitutions have, more often than not, implications in processing, properties, visual aspect, …
We are here to guide you through this bumpy road to a sustainable planet!
A biodegradable material is often used where its end of life has a large impact on the environment. The materials we took from the earth will degrade back into useful compost-like waste to nurture our soil, to feed flowers, trees and all types of plants and wildlife. Biodegradable materials are sometimes technically challenging, and the choices are, unlike traditional polymers, limited.
However, with the right amount of innovative solutions there is always a way to make a biodegradable product work.
When choosing a recycled base material, you change something by making a positive impact on the enormous amount of plastic waste our planet contains. Your goal is to create a product as sustainable as possible and making it work into a cradle to cradle, perfectly closed loop, system. This is challenging in ways like product stability, consistent incoming product and afterlife.
But you’ll show the world what plastic processing is all about, finding solutions which are not only functional but also reducing and re-using plastic waste.
Sometimes the best way to be sustainable is to restrict the quantity of material used. This goes from foamed material to reducing the bulk density by adding low density fillers. This changes your properties and processing.
Most of the time, these improved properties are targeted in function of the specific density.
Lightweight is one of the most important tools in sustainability just by needing less material, you’ll create less waste and put less stress on our natural resources.
There are projects where innovation exceeds sustainability. In this category we’ll push the properties of the materials further than ever before.
By adding certain types of fibres, speciality fillers, tailor made additives, we’ll improve the characteristics of the material drastically while not sacrificing other properties.
This often results in stronger, tougher, more flexible, … products. Fortunately, this often gives the option to reduce material usage, usage of recycled materials, inclusion of biowood raw materials, etc. resulting in a sustainable solution anyway.
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