15. Nov 2021
Floreon, a UK based company that develops high performance bioplastics, has launched an alternative to flame retardant oil-based plastic. The halogen-free bioplastic, derived from plants, is suitable for chemical and mechanical recycling and has up to seven times lower carbon footprint than oil-based plastic, making it a safe and sustainable option for electrical goods.
Flame retardant ABS is not recycled today due to concerns about halogen contamination. As the material of choice for the $29.6 billion electronics and electricals industry, this translates to a vast volume of plastic heading to landfills instead of a recycling stream. Shaun Chatterton, CEO of Floreon explains:
“Our in-house consumer study* found that 92% of UK adults are concerned about how much plastic is in their home appliances, so the development of our flame retardant PLA is a pivotal point for Floreon.”
“Not many bioplastic materials can offer the same high-performance level, options to recycle and a lower carbon footprint in direct comparison to flame retardant ABS plastics, and we are incredibly proud to be one of the first.”
Floreon’s patented PLA materials are suitable for durable and disposable applications, and the flame retardant grade - to UL94V2 - offers several options. The ABS-like properties of Floreon make it ideal for injection moulding, electronic toys, consumer electronics and home furnishings with the added benefit of a low carbon footprint and end of life options.
With compounding partners across the world, the Halogen-free flame retardant bioplastic is ready for commercial development with a core focus on electronic brands who are focusing on circularity and renewable plastic sources.
Image: The Halogen-free flame retardant bioplastic from Floreon is a safe and sustainable option for electrical goods.