Without a doubt, this is the coolest (pun intended) news about an application for bioplastics. Electrolux, the leading group of global household product brands, unveiled the world’s first concept fridge made of bioplastics.
All visible parts of the refrigerator prototype are made of bioplastics. The material used in the refrigerator is derived from renewable resources, such as corn or sugarcane, and is provided by our member NatureWorks, a world-leading supplier of biopolymers. The bioplastic for the refrigerator has 80% lower CO2 equivalent emissions compared to the conventional plastic used in current fridges.
“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 materials efficiency through the use of post-consumer recycled plastics, 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.
Electrolux concept fridge made from bioplastics © Electrolux, 2018