It’s true: The world’s first fridge made of bioplastics has been built

A new fridge made of bioplastics has been successfully built, promising to bring a new era of innovation and sustainability in the sector of home appliances.

In particular, all the visible plastic parts in the refrigerator prototype are made of bioplastics from renewable sources, having 80% lower carbon footprint compared to the conventional plastics. The contribution of bioplastics to circular society is that, unlike ordinary plastics that are oil-based, they come directly from renewable resources, such as corn or sugarcane, as well as they are recyclable.

The ambitious project was developed by Electrolux, as a part of its strategy to create more sustainable home appliances.

“We are very excited and proud to have developed the world’s first bioplastic concept fridge, which is truly groundbreaking. 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, such as Carborec®, a plastic compound based on recycled polypropylene, 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.

“Sustainability is part of the Electrolux business strategy and we are dedicated to innovate for more sustainable products and to reduce our carbon footprint. This prototype is unique and helps us deliver on our purpose to shape living for the better,” said Henrik Sundström, Vice President Sustainability at Electrolux.

Furniture from recycled plastics? It's possible!

Plastic waste is increasing all around the world, attracting more and more the attention of national authorities, environmental organisations and industries. The prevention of plastics from ending up in the environment becomes one of the top priorities of regulators, as well as the public demands more action.

But in order to tackle this issue, shouldn’t action start firstly from ourselves? This was the idea behind Plastic Whale that made real a very challenging project, which required the collection of plastic waste from the canals of Amsterdam. The aim of the initiative was to use the recycled plastic and to use it for the production of long life products.

And the result? Impressive! Inspired from the shape of whales, they designed modern furniture like tables, chairs and lamps, made just of plastic bottles fished in the canals, proving that when it comes to circularity of plastics... sky is the limit!

Stop talking, let’s start doing! That’s the moto of Plastic Whale that aims to expand its message all around the world.