Bioplastics


BeoPlast as a competence centre


98% of all used raw materials are based on mineral oil. This leads to an enormous usage of resources. The goal of a modern, environmental industrial society has to be the development of alternatives, or reviving well-tried methods. BeoPlast is actively supporting their customers to use these materials.

We have the required know-how about bio-based materials (construction, mold making, injection molding). We are able to choose the suitable material for your usage from our extensive database. A lot of materials are available in our storage, so that test pieces or components can be made at short notice.


“Reach”-Declaration

Recycling

But there are also applications, where biobased-material is not suitable. Maybe because of cost constraints or because there is a special requirement profile where there is no “bio-alternative” available yet. The second solution is the use of re-granulates. These are expertly prepared original materials. During the re-granulation, various test processes are conducted and corresponding test certificate are issued. This extends the recovered substance cycle. Contact us!


The fair mouse

The fair computer mouse

By using bio-plastics, it is possible to save fossil resources as well as to reduce emissions from greenhouse gases.

An example for the use of renewable resources is “Die Faire Maus”. A project of Nager IT e.V., with the goal to realize a fully fair computer mouse. This includes using bio-plastics for the neccessary parts, produced by BeoPlast.

To ensure the mouse is, to our understanding, a “fair” product, we need to make sure that both working conditions during production and production methods themselves are sustainable. BeoPlast fulfills this claim.

You can find additional information about this project on NagerIT e.V.


Checklist for material selection

Typical thermoplastics are PE, PP, ABS, PA, PC and their derivatives. Many characteristics profiles can be covered with bio-plastics, others may ne constructive changes to compensate. But not everything can be substituted one-to-one. Here is a checklist to clarify the definition of our requirements profile (* = required field):

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Bio-plastics and costs

Unfortunately, environmental protection costs money. Same goes for alernative materials. These can be 10 to 100% more expensive than the “oil product”. But the proportion of raw material is between 30 to 50%, so that the material surchange is relativized. Most of the time, these items will then be integrated into an assembly, further diluting the costs.

Surely the additional costs will keep decreasing over the years as the demand or the raw material production increases, but one can’t afford to wait years with the environmental pritection until something gets cheaper someday. BeoPlast tries their best to keep the extra costs for their customers as low as possible through bundled material purchases, construction and production know-how.

Technical report on the topic:

The trade magazine “Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften” issue 03/2015 contains an extensive article on the topic. Find out why the topic of bio-plastics arouses interest, and how much potential lies in that technology in the PDF document below.

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