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Carbios, a French start-up will make self-destructing plastic, a bonanza for office furniture?

executive desk

executive desk

Plastic office furniture will be less expensive thanks to a new recycling technology

Of the 25 million tons of plastic waste generated each year in Europe, only 25% are recycled, according to the European Commission. To put an end to this mess, the French start-up of green chemistry Carbios confirms having already identified the first biological catalysts that have the potential to degrade the ten most used plastics in the world, such as polyethylene terephthalate polymers (PET) for bottles. “This toolkit we enrich is the foundation of our future developments and provides the basis for the development of our industrial bioprocesses,” says Jean-Claude Lumaret, Carbios CEO. “We proved that we can make plastics that autodestruct and we can be confident, because the green revolution we promised in this sector is on.”

“This major breakthrough will allow us to enter into pre- industrial phase to improve the recycling of plastic waste, biodegradable polymers to create demand and develop competitive biopolymers, Jean-Claude Lumaret plans. We will have two years to go to industrial pilot.” For now, Carbios enjoys a global exclusive patent held by Valagro and CNRS , two of his partners in this project , which protects the results confirming its ability to integrate enzymes in plastic and control their degradation speed.

What are the consequences of this technological advance in plastic recycling for office furniture? There is a safe bet that the plastic will become cheaper, because it will be easier to recycle. Therefore, designers of office furniture can benefit in a growing extent from such a flexible and malleable material, ideal for their creativity.

Save energy and money with LED lighting

The spectacular savings achieved by LED bulbs

LED bulbs

LED bulbs

Suppose that, in a room, you have a lamp post with four traditional bulbs of 60 watt / h each, for a consumption of 240 watt per hour. If you turn it on an average of eight hours a day, 300 days a year, at an estimated cost of $ 0.19 per kwh = 240 x 8 x 300 x 0.19 = $109 a year just for lighting this room. However, LED bulbs consume at least 10 times less than a traditional bulb. Four LED bulbs at 6w/h each, would consume 24 x 8 x 300 x 0.19 = $10,9 a year, with savings of more than € 100; moreover, they would better light the room and  last about 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs.

Some figures on the cost of an LED bulb: the purchase price is about 4 $ for a bulb with an equivalent light as a 70 watt traditional bulb, with a better light. The same LED bulb consumes about 7 watts per hour, so you can illuminate your living room with four bulbs with a consumption of less than 30 watts per hour.

$ 675 million savings in the U.S. in energy costs in 2012 thanks to the LED lighting

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE), made a study of the amount of electricity that was consumed last year for the use of LEDs in new types of applications (. different types of interior lights, street lights, etc.) The figures are astounding: “In 2012, about 49 million lamps and LED luminaires were installed in the new LED applications in these markets. These lights have saved about 71 trillion British thermal units (TBtu), which equates to an annual saving of energy costs of about $ 675 million. ” That could have been $ 37 billion saved if every bulb had been replaced by a LED!


Good reasons to buy Italian office furniture online

Buying online is really easy these days and you should have no problems finding what you need and what you want. However, when you’re shopping online it’s always a good idea to do some research so that you can get yourself a good deal and save money. This will require you taking a bit of time to concentrate on finding what you need.

On line you see and evaluate a wide range of products. In fact on the best web sites you can see photos, prices and technical characteristics of the proposed product so that you are sure to choose considering every aspect.

If you need to buy italian office furniture and luxury office furniture have a look on La Mercanti virtual showroom. It is an infinite ever changing archive that propose quality and design collections, which are difficult to find in traditional showrooms. Here, in addition to the known quality of Italian products you’re sure to find observance of the regulations and warranty on every products.