Call it the sustainable stroller: A new baby buggy featuring a majority of parts made from bio-based material was unveiled Friday at K 2022 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The result of a collaboration by DSM Engineering Materials, Fibrant, Neste, and Bugaboo, the stroller is made primarily of parts using DSM’s Akulon 100% bio-based B-MB polyamide 6 (PA6). That material is made with bio-based feedstock from Fibrant and Neste, including Neste RE, a feedstock for polymers made 100% from bio-based materials such as waste and residues. Also part of the mix is Fibrant’s EcoLactam Bio, a caprolactam with a carbon fiber footprint of 3.3 (expressed in kg CO2-eq/kg caprolactam). This bio-based version of caprolactam, the key building block of PA6, has reduced Fibrant’s carbon footprint by more than 50%, the company’s website noted.
Akulon B-MB offers about a 75% reduction in PA6 carbon footprint compared to conventional PA6 — and up to 24% for the entire stroller. With mechanical performance that is identical to conventional Akulon grades, the bio-based version is a drop-in substitute that meets Bugaboo’s safety standards.
The stroller, which will be available in stores and online in coming months, is part of Bugaboo’s plan to achieve net-zero CO2 emissions by 2035. The company plans to transition its entire stroller portfolio to bio-based materials beginning in 2023.
“Tackling the imminent climate crisis and all its consequences requires companies to take responsibility now — but no company can achieve a circular economy alone,” stressed Bugaboo CEO Adriaan Thiery. “By partnering along the value chain, we can benefit from innovative low-carbon emission solutions like bio-based PA6, which enable companies like Bugaboo to achieve our ESG goals, stick to our Paris Agreement targets, and move toward a circular, low-carbon economy.”
Added Roeland Polet, President of DSM Engineering Materials: “As Bugaboo becomes one of the earliest pioneers of bio-based PA6, we’re very proud that our collaboration with Fibrant and Neste has produced such an innovative material. Collaboration remains key as we work toward the sustainable economy that consumers know we need, and sustainable circular solutions like our bio-based PA6 are practical ways for our partners to get ahead by realizing their environmental ambitions while making positive impacts at scale.”
The Bugaboo stroller is on display at DSM Engineering Materials in hall 6, booth B11.
K 2022 runs through Oct. 26 at Messe Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany.