Electrolux has developed a refrigerator prototype in which all the visible plastic parts are made of bioplastics from renewable sources. The bioplastic boasts a ‘more than 80% lower’ carbon footprint compared to the conventional plastics used today. The prototype is the world’s first refrigerator crafted of bioplastic and marks part of Electrolux’s strategy to create more sustainable home appliances.
Unlike ordinary plastics that are oil-based, bioplastics such as those used in the newly developed prototype refrigerator come directly from renewable resources, such as corn or sugarcane. The refrigerator’s eco-focussed bioplastics are also easily recyclable.
“We are very excited and proud to have developed the world’s first bioplastic concept fridge, which is truly ground-breaking. Our ambition is to develop even more innovative, sustainable home appliances that we might see on the market in the future”, said Jan Brockmann, Chief Operations Officer at Electrolux.
Electrolux has already committed to material efficiency through the use of post-consumer recycled plastics, such as Carborec – a plastic compound based on recycled polypropylene – extending the lifetime of plastic coming from non-renewable resources. The bioplastic refrigerator is still in development and there is currently no timeframe set for when the product will be officially launched on the market.
“Sustainability is part of the Electrolux business strategy and we are dedicated to innovate for more sustainable products and to reduce our carbon footprint. This prototype is unique and helps us deliver on our purpose to shape living for the better,” added Henrik Sundström, Vice President Sustainability at Electrolux.
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