Plastics should be avoided for the betterment of our environment. For the past 100 years, we have continuously used plastic because it is cheaper, stronger, lightweight, and versatile. However, it has also become one of the reasons why our environment is becoming polluted.
As a result, not only did we negatively impact the environment, it has also ruined many ecosystems. Thankfully, many have taken up the challenge to devote themselves to creating biodegradable solutions. One of them is Floreon which took the initiative seriously and gave a solution by launching halogen-free flame retardant bioplastic.
A solution to the environment
Since March 2021, the EU has prohibited halogenated flame retardants (HFR) in plastic enclosures. Even electronic device manufacturers are prohibited from using these sorts of plastic variables. Flame retardant ABS is also non-biodegradable, meaning that it doesn’t recycle, which is also a concern for halogen contamination.
Technical Director of Floreon Andrew Gill also expressed concerns on safety when using HFR as the halogens “produces an acid that is toxic to humans.” As such, the best alternative solution to save the environment is using bioplastic, and the company has just begun to work with that.
Why don’t more businesses use bioplastics?
We are often asked this.
Oil-based plastics are so cheap and abundant, but they are draining finite resources.
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— Floreon (@FloreonTP) May 11, 2021
Floreon has recently launched an effective alternative to flame retardant oil-based plastic that can be used for almost every purpose. It is a halogen-free bioplastic that is derived from plants and suitable for chemical and mechanical recycling. This sustainable, environment-friendly solution has a maximum of seven times lower carbon footprint, which is higher than oil-based plastics.
High-performing alternative plastic
Floreon has done long-term research to develop the ten years patented technology bioplastic to make sure it provides a positive effect to combat climate change. The bioplastic consists of high-performance PLA. It is officially a halogen-free alternative to flame retardant ABS. Flame retardant ABS may not be recycled this day because of halogen contamination. The material of choice is around $29.6 billion for the electronics ad electrical industry. It shows the immense volume of plastic heading to landfills instead of a recycling stream.
This has been explained by Shaun Chatterton, the CEO of Floreon, “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.” He also added that the material they are developing in comparison to the flame retardant ABS plastics offers “the same high-performance level, options to recycle, and a lower carbon footprint.”
— Floreon (@FloreonTP) March 30, 2021
Floreon has patented PLA materials because it is the best fit in terms of durability and disposition factor for the applications. It has flame retardant grade UL94V2 that comes with various options in favor of the manufacturer’s perspective. The presence of ABS-like substance in the Floreon bioplastic makes it perfect for injection molding, electrical toys, consumer electronics, home appliances, and so on. The low carbon footprint with the resistant same functionality and end-of-life options are the added benefits that are in favor of the environment.
After launching in the UK, Floreon has compounding partners through Europe and Asia. It is commercially viable and offers compostable grades. By creating partners all around the world, the Halogen-free flame retardant bioplastic is now ready for commercial development. The key focus remains on the electronic brand to maintain circularity and renewable sources.
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