Floreon, which is a company that develops high performance bioplastics, can confirm that its Polylactic acid (PLA) is officially a halogen-free alternative to flame retardant ABS.
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.
“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.”Shaun Chatterton, CEO of Floreon
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.
Floreon has 10 years patented technology in developing high-performance bioplastics that can help combat climate change.
It is a sustainable material that in direct comparison to ABS offers seven times lower carbon footprint, yet functions exactly the same.
Floreon is commercially viable, made from plants and offers compostable grades.
The company has compounding partners across Europe, Asia and the United Kingdom.