Nuwave set to reduce carbon footprint with new powered by eKO:sense range

By Andrew Pentol |

Nuwave Eko Sense Range 2020

This latest Nuwave concept involves reducing the content of plastics in product categories such as audio, power, charge and sync by up to 35%.

Nuwave Channel Partners is introducing the new powered by eKO:sense range for its Bitmore travel retail tech accessories brand to reduce its carbon footprint.

This latest initiative for the company, which retails products through more than 50 airlines, involves reducing the content of plastics in product categories such as audio, power, charge and sync by up to 35%. This will be achieved through the use of natural wheat stalk material.

Traditionally, the leftover stalk from the harvesting of wheat grain is burned, contributing to greenhouse gases and air pollution levels. Nuwave has noted the potential of this wheat by-product and identified the opportunity to reclaim the material and use it in products containing plastic materials.

Nuwave, which manufactures its own products and includes German travel retailer Gebr. Heinemann among its distributors, mixes the wheat by-product with ABS-free BPA plastic via a moulding and polymerisation process. This enables it to reduce plastic content by 35% and give a natural-looking finish to the resulting products.

Sustainable and eco-friendly black ink can be added to the wheat stalk/plastic mix to give a traditional smooth black material finish to electronics products. Airline and other customers will be able to specify the preferred finish for products from the powered by eKO:sense range.

NATURUALLY-SOURCED SUSTAINABLE BAMBOO

According to Nuwave, the environmentally-friendly nature of the ​range is increased by the additional use of naturally-sourced and sustainable bamboo for the product finish in some cases, further reducing plastic content.

Nuwave Wheat Stalk Share America

Nuwave will use natural wheat stalk material to reduce the content of plastics in product categories.

The range also features 100% certified recycled and recyclable packaging and the use of biodegradable security tamper seals (eliminating the use of shrink wrap).

Nuwave notes that plastic products can take up to 1,000 years to biodegrade and that since the 1950s, an estimated 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic has been produced worldwide. It is also aware that only 9% of plastic has been recycled. Furthermore, an estimated 73% of beach litter is made from plastic. It is predicted that plastic will outweigh fish in the ocean by 2030.

Hoj Parmar, NuwaveWith this in mind, Nuwave has donated some of the profits from the new range to the Plastic Oceans UK charity and to sponsor some of its events, such as beach cleaning and other initiatives.

Hoj Parmar, CEO, Nuewave said: “With one eye on our corporate social responsibility and noting a recent major survey by statista.com, revealing that 89% of consumers are concerned about plastic pollution in the ocean, we have made a firm commitment to finding ways to reduce the use of plastics in our products.

“Utilising leftover stalk from the harvesting of wheat grain is a very positive step to making our products much more environmentally-friendly, helping to achieve a 35% reduction in plastics use. We have revealed our plans for the powered by eKO:sense range to existing and prospective customers and the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.

“We continue to work with our components suppliers towards 100% plastics free electronics products. We are also working closely with research institutions and packaging manufacturers who are making great progress in this area. We all believe that it is only a matter of time before we will have a material that is as strong and versatile as plastic, but fully biodegradable.”

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