21. Oct 2022
Today, Bugaboo (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), DSM Engineering Materials (Heerlen, the Netherlands), Fibrant (Urmond, the Netherlands), and Neste (Espoo, Finland) announce that their cross-value chain partnership has successfully enabled the launch of an entire Bugaboo stroller portfolio made with bio-attributed materials.
Specifically, the majority of the strollers’ plastic parts are made using DSM Engineering Materials’ Akulon® 100% bio-attributed B-MB polyamide 6 (PA6), which in turn is made using bio-attributed feedstock from both Fibrant and Neste. DSM Engineering Materials uses a mass-balancing approach with renewable waste and residue raw material to enable a ~75 % PA6 carbon footprint reduction compared to conventional PA6 and up to 24 % of the entire stroller.
Earlier in 2022, Bugaboo announced ambitious targets to achieve net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2035. As most of Bugaboo’s impact derives from its Scope 3 emissions, a transition toward lower fossil carbon materials is a key element of the company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy. This aligns closely with the ambitions of the other partners: DSM Engineering Materials’ ongoing ambition of a full alternative portfolio of biobased and circular solutions, helping to defossilize the economy as part of its SimplyCircular™ initiative, Fibrant’s commitment to make the entire value chain more sustainable and Neste’s offering of Neste RE™ feedstock for polymers and chemicals.
While conventional Akulon® PA6 is already an excellent-in-class for carbon footprint, switching to Akulon 100 % bio-attributed B-MB PA6 offers a significant carbon footprint reduction compared to conventional PA6 and helps to further defossilize the value chain. Used in the entire stroller line, the new material was developed by DSM Engineering Materials in collaboration with its partners Fibrant and Neste. Specifically, Neste provided renewable Neste RE™, a feedstock for polymers made 100 % from bio-attributed materials such as waste and residues, which was used to replace fossil feedstock in the value chain. DSM Engineering Materials, Fibrant, and Neste are all ISCC-PLUS certified.
With identical mechanical performance and characteristics to conventional Akulon® grades, this bio-attributed Akulon PA6 offers the quality and durability necessary to comply with Bugaboo’s strict safety standards, making it a drop-in substitution while enabling a CO2 reduction of up to 24 % per stroller in line with the company’s ambitious ESG targets. This first line of strollers will be gradually available online and in stores worldwide in the coming period. In addition, over the course of 2023, Bugaboo will transition its entire stroller portfolio to production with biobased materials. AT