FOSSIL-BASED VS BIO-BASED PLASTIC

A current discussion is a transition from fossil-based plastic to bio-based plastic, as over 99% of the world's plastic derives from fossil sources. The importance of a transition to bio-based plastics is sometimes highlighted by the need for decreased carbon emissions.

But there are challenges with the sources of raw material, for both fossil-based and bio-based. With its origin from crops or trees, bio-based plastic is facing the challenge of expanded fields of use. This is a concerning development since crops and trees have the natural ability to store fossil carbon, i.e. reduce climate impact. A global transition to this type of use will also have effects on biodiversity and food production. Oil and gas on the other hand are an efficient raw material for making plastic materials but for the climate a poor way to produce energy.

When it comes to material properties, there is no difference between fossil- and bio-based plastics. The waste problem and the need for recycling are the same. This means that the concept of a closed-loop is equally important when producing fossil or bio-based plastics as the difference lies within the building blocks of plastic, not the plastic itself.

Despite having fossil material in our product, we believe that the use of high-quality PVC, from environmentally labeled suppliers, will have a positive impact thanks to its durability. Our focus is on closing the loop for the material in our floors. This will make the biggest difference in reducing the Bolon climate impact.

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