ECOLABNET offers special expertise for developing ecological product life-cycle starting from bio-based material development, product and service design, 3D printing, branding life-cycle assessment.
According to European Bioplastics, the global production capacities of bio-plastics have increased from 1.4 million tons in 2012 to 2.05 million tons in 2017. Different 3D printing techniques require different materials. Already 52 % of the materials for 3DP are bio-based polymers; polyamide 11 (vegetable oils), TPE and TPS (rapeseed oil), when PLA (corn or sugarcane) being the most used. Commercialization of new materials require cooperation between RDI actors and industries.
Additive manufacturing covers various direct printing of 3D technologies. It is revolutionizing manufacturing technique as it brings production closer to customers, offers costs effective prototyping of products and manufacturing small series.
3D printing market is estimated to grow globally from 5,3 M€ in 2015 to 44 M€ in 2025 and the biggest growth is in aerospace, automotive, medical, electronics and consumer product markets.
PRODUCT-SERVICE SYSTEM DESIGN
Product-service system (PSS) design aims to satisfy customer needs in a competitive and ecological way. Service solutions support sustainable product life-cycle as well as serving customers with special expertise. Product solutions are designed to use less and ecological materials, reduce waste and support ecological use and disposal of the product. As a result companies can offer a holistic solutions to the needs of the customers through special expertises in design, technology and business.
Ecological products require professional branding in order to communicate the benefits of investments in sustainability to potential. Branding identifies true and meaningful factors for differentiating the company or product from the competitors, which are communicated to the customers in systematic and desirable way.
With suitable branding and communication of sustainable values of products on the markets, eco-innovations can pay back the investments in sustainability.
LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is used to evaluate environmental burden of systems. LCAs covers relevant components in a system through the wider scale of comparison criteria. LCA can be used in different stages of eco-innovation to find the most feasible solution both economically and environmentally and creates a base for labels for environmentally friendly products (EU Ecolabel, Blue Angel, Nordic Ecolabel, etc.)
Demonstrations about eco-innovations
Manufacturing companies collaborated with research, development and innovation experts in order to develop eco-innovations. Learn about the demonstrations throug videos and presentations.
Bio-based 3D printed chocolate box
A present that feels good. A bio-based package with multiple functionalities and tailored for you by 3D printing.