design for a sustainable future
Miss Sissi goes bio
During the Salone Internazionale del Mobile di Milano in April 2012 bio-on and FLOS presented the world's first product made with PHAs, the 100% naturally water-biodegradable bio plastic. The first design object to be made in this initial test of the revolutionary material is Miss Sissi, the FLOS lamp designed in 1991 by Philippe Starck and now an icon in lighting design. The creativity, experience and global presence of FLOS are thus teamed with the innovation of bio-on, the sole owner of the technology to produce PHAs bio plastic.
Made so far of polycarbonate, one of the most widely used plastics in industry, Miss Sissi passed the test with the new bio plastic developed over the last 5 years in Italy by bio-on. The PHAs biopolymer is revolutionary because it is made from the waste materials of sugar beet and cane production and it has zero impact on the food cycle The material requires no organic solvents, it is completely biodegradable in soil and water and it provides exceptional performance.
'We are proud to be presenting the world's very first design product made with our biopolymer PHAs together with such a prestigious and well-known brand as FLOS. Thanks to this collaboration,' explains bio-on managing director Marco Astorri, 'we can really launch a new era. The technology is available at a global level and, with the range of biopolymers developed by bio-on, it is now possible to create a vast range of objects in all of the sectors currently using plastic'.