Italian eyewear company Safilo has launched a collection of eco-friendly glasses for children.
The frames, which have been co-designed with paediatric ophthalmologists, are composed of two bio-based polymers, both derived from castor oil – a natural renewable source. The first bio-polymer gives the styles rigidity and strength, while the second ensures comfort and safety for the child.
Super-tough materials derived from inedible plants are lightweight, renewable and strong enough to use in vehicles
A new polymer blend made from castor beans is stronger and lighter than conventional structural materials, and researchers say it could improve the safety and fuel efficiency of cars.
Castor beans are notorious for containing the poison ricin, but it’s possible to turn them into polyamide 11, a thermoplastic from the nylon family of polymers. Now, scientists from Japan have developed a super-strong polymer blend by mixing polyamide 11 with the common household plastic polypropylene, that could replace many of the plastics we use today.
German biodegradable and biobased plastics producer Bio-Fed has added renewable resource-based polyamide compounds, the “MVera ECS” products, to its portfolio. The main focus of Bio-Fed is on compostable and biodegradable plastic compounds for film applications as well as injection moulding.
The new PA 6.10 fulfils the standard definition of a bioplastic since it is made up of approximately 60% renewable resources. Castor oil, derived from the seeds of the plant Ricinuns communis, forms the basis of sebacic acid, which is the product’s renewable raw material content.
Zeal Optics has launched two new ellume polarized styles marking the debut of Z-Lite, a new level of lightness in eco-friendly eyewear.
Z-Lite uses Zeal’s proprietary plant based Z-resin which is crafted into light, durable and stylish frames through a revolutionary “thin injection process”.
Z-Lite, a derivative of ZEAL’s plant based Z-Resin, comes from the castor bean plant. This material replaces traditional petroleum-based plastics in the manufacturing process and significantly reduces the amount of CO2 produced.
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