Floreon can confirm that its high-performance 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. Shaun Chatterton, CEO of Floreon explains:
“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.” “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.”
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.