Bio Laminil®, the innovative ecosustainable panel
BIO LAMINIL® is a consequence of the eco-sustainable policies of ISONOVA and is the first ecosustainable support of its kind.
Like all the LAMINIL® articles, BIO LAMINIL® is a sandwich panel, the result of the union between a sheet of expanded extruded polystyrene and two sheets of paper or other material without the use of glues. Its characteristics of rigidity and lightness make BIO LAMINIL® an excellent support for digital printing.
Produced and distributed by ISONOVA since the end of 2017, BIO LAMINIL® represents an important step forward in plastics. In fact, when disposed of or if dispersed in the environment, it degrades into simple molecules in an average time of 5 years depending on the environmental conditions.
The difference with other substrates in terms of environmental impact is evident, if we think that the majority of traditional polymers such as Forex take thousands of years to degrade.
BIO LAMINIL® represents the solution for visual communication which cares about the environment still offering several options, such as POP materials, packaging, digitally printed signage, visual displays for shops and retail outlets.
Why is Bio Laminil® a material with improved degradability?
Degradability is a property of organic substances, contained also in synthetic compounds, which allows them to decompose naturally, thanks to the activity of saprophytic bacteria.
BIO LAMINIL® degrades thanks to the presence of an additive present in the material matrix. When the product enters the waste disposal process, the bacteria already present in the environment is attracted by the additive, stimulating the natural degradation process. This particular process is activated only in the typical conditions of a landfill (bacterial environment) and also in the marine environment.
This “induced degradation” is an acceleration of the natural process, similar to the technique used to clear accidental oil spillages into the sea, thanks to the clearing action of bacteria which “digest” organic chemicals.
BIO LAMINIL® during the degradation process does not break up in small particles or release polluting substances, unlike other material such as PVC (or simil-Forex), which, when burnt release cyanurate substances or chlorine compounds into the environment.
BIO LAMINIL® offers a solution to a waste recycling problem: even if we choose materials that are potentially recyclable, the global logistic limitations and lack of dedicated machinery causes a low percentage of actually recycled plastics. ISONOVA wants to make a real contribution to the issue of waste production by introducing innovative naturally degradable products.
BIO LAMINIL®, like all plastics with improved degradability (with the exception of the compostable MATER-B and PLA), must be disposed of in general waste bins.
Bio Laminil®, a material with zero energy consumption
The production of BIO LAMINIL® is environmentally sustainable as it does not require energy consumption. In fact, since 2010, ISONOVA has been operating a 100 kw photovoltaic system at its plant in Volpiano (Turin), which produces about 120,000 Kw annually. Much of the energy is used in the production cycle, while the excess produced during the weekend or in general during the closures is put back into the network. Most of the LAMINIL® products, including BIO LAMINIL®, are produced with self-produced renewable energy.
Formats and uses of Bio Laminil®
The BIO XPS foam is the basis for a range of products:
- BIO LAMINIL®: for paper converting, packaging, fine arts
- BIOISOPRINT: ideal for direct digital printing and for sophisticated visual communication projects, in a sector where highly polluting plastic materials dominate.
- BIOISOLAMBOX: ideal for iso-thermal packs for food and pastry, pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.
BIO LAMINIL® maintains all the properties of LAMINIL®: light, flexible, it has an excellent performance with the traditional systems used in paper converting.
Unlike other sandwich panels, it can be die-cut or laser-cut without releasing toxic gases into the air such as hydrochloric acid and dioxins. It is also highly appreciated for the excellent performance relating to post-print processing activities, such as painting, folding, laminating and plotter cutting (ISOPRINT brand range).
BIO LAMINIL® is available in panels of various thickness (from 2.5 to 10.5 mm), can be printed with digital, serigraphic, hot-foil or laminated with card sheets printed with off-set technology. It is laminated with FSC certified papers that guarantee that the wood where the paper comes from originates from controlled reserves in order to guarantee renewability.
The BIOISOPRINT product printed with water-based inks technology, offers a completely ecological final solution.
Why choose Bio Laminil®
BIO LAMINIL® was created for all the companies which need to choose suitable supports for an effective visual communication favouring materials which support a waste reduction policy and the environmental impact of their activity.
BIO LAMINIL® replaces in the production of promotional items (displays, signage, etc.) PVC and polyurethane, materials which are toxic and highly polluting for the ecosystem, still dominating the POP sector.
BIO LAMINIL® allows you to create counter and floor displays, totems, shop signs, temporary promo isles, gadgets, iso-thermal boxes, prototypes with the best visual impact. Once its life cycle is over, the material can be delivered to a controlled landfill and will dissolve within 5 years thanks to the additive contained in the XPS BIO foam, which attracts the bacteria already present in the environment, activating an accelerated natural degradability. Even in the case of accidental spillages into the environment, soil, water and sea will not contribute to pollution.
BIO LAMINIL® is a revolutionary innovation in the world of digital printing, where the category of “eco-sustainable” recyclable materials is limited and where cardboard, which is compostable, is sometimes plasticized. The printing together with the plasticization make the product for pulp very difficult to recycle, causing the cardboard to end up frequently in the landfill or incinerator.
For all these reasons, BIO LAMINIL® is the only environmentally sustainable alternative to cardboard.