Sustainability of Polymer and Colour
The association between colour and polymers has existed since the origin of the latter.. The paradigm shift away from a linear to a circular economy is leading to a rethink in the plastics industry. The requirements for suitable and approved colourants will continue to increase. Polymer cycles with fossile-based recyclates as well as recycling quotes, new developments in biomass plastics and regulation as a result of the REACH directive increase the complexity of colour formulation.
The Design for Recycling (D4R) therefore requires the development of the intrinsic value and the sustainability of polymers and colour. To ensure that the future of plastics remains colourful AND sustainable, our product portfolio includes numerous solutions. In this way, we support you in making your products future-proof and sustainable for a circular economy.
Our concept of Eternity Colours is guided by the following aspects: We would like to translate the inspiration from colours of nature and environment into the world of polymers. Furthermore, we must also evaluate the available colourants for their recyclability for the various cycles. And we envisage evaluating the new developments in colourants openly, keenly and inquisitively and professionally assessing them.
We at Lifocolor develop our formulas so that they ideally support the utilisation phase as well as the after-use process, irrespective of whether we are working with virgin polymers, PCR, PIR or even biopolymers. This approach, along with our actions, enables us to unite colour and polymers for an unlimited time – for eternity – while being in harmony with our environment.
Solutions for reused polymers
If products are being developed for the circular economy of fossil-based polymers, the choice of colourants needs to be incorporated in the decision-making process early on. This is the only way to guarantee colour suitability for the utilisation and reprocessing phases.
Our portfolio for reused plastics supports processors in making plastic components recyclable. To meet the increasing demand for products with a high recycled content of up to 100 percent, Lifocolor is continuously expanding its standard range.
Solutions for biopolymers
Bioplastics or biopolymers are taking on a bigger role against the background of avoiding fossil raw materials. The biopolymer cycle has even higher standards with a view to choice of colourant – particularly if the cycle ends with composting.
Contact us: with the experts from our laboratories, application technology and sales, we’ll help you design your successful bioproject!