Inspiration from nature and the environment
If products are being developed for the circular economy of fossil-based polymers, the choice of colourants needs to be incorporated in the decision-making process early on. This is the only way to guarantee colour suitability for the utilisation and reprocessing phases.
The biopolymer cycle has even higher standards with a view to choice of colourant – particularly if the cycle ends with composting. The „Design for Recycling“ (D4R) therefore requires the development of the intrinsic value and the sustainability of polymers and colour. Despite this complexity – but also and precisely because of this – Lifocolor represents the development of sustainable, environmentally compatible colours for a future-orientated polymer industry.
Our concept of Eternity Colours has been developed in association with VENN Kreativ GbR in Berlin. In the question of which colours will remain with us for eternity, we are guided by two aspects:
1) Which colours and colour impressions from the environment and nature will remain with us in the foreseeable future and inspire our senses?
2) Which colourants can we use to incorporate these “eternal” colours and colour impressions in the world of polymers in a sustainable and recyclable way? Are there also "eternal" colourants that can be the best basis for this?
On the one hand, our concept of Eternal Colours involves translating this inspiration from the colours of nature and the environment into the world of polymers. On the other hand, we must also evaluate the available colourants for their recyclability for the various cycles. As a third factor, the concept envisages evaluating the new developments in colourants openly, keenly and inquisitively and professionally assessing them.
We at Lifocolor develop our formulas so that they ideally support the utilisation phase as well as the after-use process, irrespective of whether we are working with virgin polymers, PCR, PIR or even biopolymers. This approach, along with our actions, enables us to unite colour and polymers for an unlimited time – for eternity – while being in harmony with our environment.