How is BiOBUDDi made?
Can you make toys from the sugar cane plant? Yes you can and we as BiOBUDDi do this! We make the majority of our toys from the residual flows of sugar cane. In this way we make a positive impact on the climate. Curious how we transform this plant into sustainable toys? Watch the video below and read on.
It starts with sugar cane, which is responsibly grown in Brazil. The plant grows quickly, for which it only needs a little rainwater and a lot of sun.
During growth, the plant converts CO2 into sucrose, a form of sugar. After harvesting, the plant is first ground into cane sugar. This process leaves two residual flows: sugar juices and molasses.The next step is the fermentation and distillation of the residual flows. In this way, the sugar juice and molasses are converted into bio-ethanol.
We then extract the moisture from the bio-ethanol. This is how bio-polyethylene is created: This is the most important basic raw material for our unique BiOBUDDi material.
We transport the bio-polyethylene (in granular form) to Germany. In Germany we add a small percentage of natural materials. This addition is our little secret and ensures a hard and colorful material.
Everything is ready?
Yes, now we can make toys with the granules in our production location in the Netherlands. The result: CO2 positive and 100% recyclable toys, made from the residual flows of sugar cane. Toys that are safe, educational and guarantee hours of fun.
Sugarcane from sustainable agriculture
Our sugar cane is grown according to strict standards that protect people and nature. For example, sugar cane may not be built on the land of nature reserves and there are fair wages and safe working conditions for farmers. The plots are controlled by a third party.
Why do we choose for a residual flow of sugar cane and not for example corn or something else?
We make sustainable toys from sugar juice and molasses, residual flows that remain when the cane plant is ground into sugar. So the sugar cane simply grows for food production, in this case for the production of cane sugar. It is not specifically planted to make products from it. By using residual flows, we also contribute to waste reduction. The less of the plant that remains, the less that needs to be thrown away.
Sustainable toys also require sustainable packaging, right?
Yes, we think so, for this reason our packaging is made with the FSC quality mark. This is a recyclable mix of FSC-certified paper. This material is climate neutral and made with 100% green electricity.
Are we environmentally friendly enough?
No, we go one step further. Building a better tomorrow, that is BiOBUDDi's vision. We like to do this together with our customers. It is crucial that commercial parties take their responsibility. We take this responsibility by making sustainable products, but we want to do more. Our interest is not only to make a profit, but the interest is much greater. For this reason, we plant trees worldwide with part of the turnover achieved.
You can follow where we plant them. Go to this link: https://www.trilliontreecampaign.org/t/biobuddi
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