Floreon is a specially formulated compound, which is added to standard bioplastic, polylactic acid (PLA) to create an innovative material with a sustainable origin and a range of end of life options.
It was created from a desire for a greener, safer form of plastic. Unhappy with the options available we decided to develop our own. After four years and a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with the University of Sheffield a unique, environmentally friendly, fully compostable and high performing bioplastic was born.
Why choose Floreon?
Because we’re creating a greener enviroment. There are so many benefits associated with using Floreon, including sustainability, lower environmental impact, improved performance, recyclability and various end of life options.
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Floreon has the potential to transform packaging; It is the most versatile bioplastic available today and has many different applications.
- Packaging (inc clam shells)
Floreon packaging provides numerous benefits including: Excellent gloss, transparency & clarity, easy to shape, print & emboss, better rigidity which means packaging can be lighter than ever before and more disposal options than conventional packaging.
- Plant labels
Plant labels are now typically made from PP, as PS becomes too brittle for this application at low temperatures. We have now developed Floreon plant pot labels which are nearly identical to PP, but require less energy to produce and certified as compostable.
Access cards are typically made from polypropylene (PP), polystyrene (PS) or polyvinylchloride (PVC). We replace this with Floreon for a more economically friendly alternative. Our cards have been developed with a leading print specialist with excellent results. Producing these items from Floreon results in far lower greenhouse gas emissions and non-renewable energy usage than all of these materials
- Food trays
Floreon has passed independent food contact testing by Smithers-Rapra. Cradle to gate, Floreon has relatively low greenhouse gas emissions and non-renewable energy usage. Thermoforming and sheet production can also be performed at lower temperatures than competing plastics, resulting in lower energy usage during processing.
- Water cooler bottles
Most water cooler bottles are made from polycarbonate (PC), and concerns exist regarding the leaching of biphenyl A from this material into the water. Floreon is a much safer, eco-friendly alternative to PC and PET, which is also completely recyclable and biodegradable. The base material (PLA) is even used in biomedical applications and has been used in implants, demonstrating the safety of this material.
- Gift Cards
Growing consumer awareness over the use of finite petroleum resources makes Floreon an attractive solution for plastic gift cards. An ideal alternative to PVC, Floreon has much better renewable and sustainable credentials with good durability at an affordable cost.
- A versatile high performing bioplastic
Floreon is available in a number of different grades to suit specific production methods and end applications. Below examples of those applications are described. More information on the production methods Floreon is suited to can be found here. Floreon is very versatile and can be used for any rigid or semi-rigid application. Please contact Floreon to discuss your specific needs, as bespoke grades can also be provided to meet specific needs, such as feel, heat resistance and finish.