Sustainable connectors made from plant-based plastics
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Posted to News on 17th Oct 2023, 15:00

Sustainable connectors made from plant-based plastics

Sustainable connectors made from plant-based plastics

The consequences of climate change are becoming increasingly visible and tangible. The awareness and urgency for sustainable action have increased. With the Green Line, SCHURTER offers sustainable products. And this in the usual high SCHURTER quality.

Green Line is a collection of SCHURTER quality products based on plant-based plastics. The Green Line is part of SCHURTER’s sustainability strategy. SCHURTER’s mission is to deliver high-quality products with significantly lower CO emissions. Specifically, the goal is to reduce the CO footprint of the portfolio by 50% by 2035.

This will be achieved, among other things, with more sustainably produced products. A commissioned study by my climate showed that the starting material causes the highest CO emissions in the product cycle. SCHURTER is tackling this challenge with the new Green Line.

CO reduction by up to 68%

The device connectors of the SCHURTER Green Line are made of environmentally friendly bio-based plastic, which is produced from plant-based raw materials. SCHURTER has tested different variants in the laboratory, and the recyclable biological plastic made from castor beans has fully met the requirement for the material.

The castor bean plant is convincing because no fertilization or artificial irrigation is required and the ‘miracle plant’ – as the castor bean plant is also called – also grows in dry areas. Therefore, it does not compete with agriculture and does not require additional agricultural land like other biogenic plastics made from corn or sugar cane.

Bio-based plastic leads to a CO reduction of up to 68% compared with the fossil plastic used previously. This is due to the sustainable extraction and production of the plastic, which is less energy-intensive.

The plant-based plastic from castor beans is not biodegradable, but nevertheless its disposal is clearly more sustainable compared to fossil plastic. The castor bean plant absorbs CO from the atmosphere during cultivation and binds it. In addition, the bioplastic can be recycled and reused.

Green Line bio-based products

In addition to CO reduction, the bioplastic is also impressive in terms of safety and quality. It meets all technical and visual requirements. Products made from bioplastics offer the same impressive performance and service life as those made from fossil, crude-oil-based plastics.

SCHURTER guarantees its customers the same safety standards as it has been doing for 90 years. As a pioneer in the electrical engineering industry, SCHURTER offers device connectors made of bio-based plastic. Join SCHURTER in creating a sustainable and safe future.


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