Danzer company announced that at the end of 2018, the company will change over to oxo-biodegradable packaging for a significant portion of its veneers and hardwood flooring wear layer products.
“Over the past two years the Danzer team has been looking at ways to cut the amount of plastic packaging and trying to find more environmentally-friendly materials,” explained Danzer CEO Hans-Joachim Danzer. “It is about moving in a new direction. In an ideal world we would have done away with plastic altogether. However, as things currently stand this is not an option for some of the products in our range. The properties of the material are just too specific – plastic is waterproof and at the same time extremely lightweight. Using oxo-biodegradable plastic rather than conventional plastics represented the best alternative open to us right now.”
He added “In most cases, progress comes in small steps. The project teams will continue to work on further optimizing the use of packaging materials in every area of production at the company.”
Oxo-biodegradable plastic is made of recycled plastics. The main difference to conventional types is that it breaks down under exposure to ultraviolet light in around two years, due to its chemical properties.
“Working with our customers, we have made an important contribution towards ensuring that less plastic residue is left in the environment – as it degrades, the material breaks down into tiny biodegradable polymers,” explained Hans-Joachim Danzer.
The new material will be introduced gradually. “Our plant in Mělník in the Czech Republic will set the ball rolling, with all of our other production facilities set to follow suit one after the other,” Hans-Joachim Danzer concluded.