Environmentally friendly joint project by GRAFE, ORNAMIN and TECNARO

Reusable, bio-based, and thus environmentally friendly: together, the masterbatch specialist GRAFE from Blankenhain, the biotechnology company TECNARO from Ilsfeld, and the tableware manufacturer ORNAMIN from Minden have developed a sustainable product solution made of plastic. The reusable bowls of the 2Go series are perfect for takeaway food from the supermarket, the bakery, the company canteen, or from home. The food can be transported without overflowing, heated in the microwave without a lid if required, and conveniently cleaned in the dishwasher.

The 2Go tableware from ORNAMIN is made of the raw material Arboblend, a bio-material from TECNARO that has been awarded the Green Brand Germany seal several times. It consists of 94 percent plant-based renewable raw materials and natural waxes, minerals, and fibres. GRAFE’s masterbatch carrier material is also based on this.

“Just like the plastics used by the customer, suitable Arboblend carrier materials are used for our masterbatches. Compared to conventional carriers, we thus ensure excellent compatibility and homogeneous colouring throughout. Moreover, these are also bio-based and thus environmentally friendly,” says Steffen Schubert, Head of Sales D-A-CH. The Thuringian masterbatch specialist colours the bio-polymer for the reusable trays with a total of six muted shades currently in series production – from blackberry to petrol and linen to sage – as well as black and white (olive green and fresh ivy green are also in development).

“We are currently converting our 2GO range to the bio-based plastic; soon more than 15 products will be available in six different colours each,” reports Milena von der Emde, shareholder of ORNAMIN and responsible for product management. “The new organic line from ORNAMIN convinces with excellent quality and sustainability. We are pleased about the good cooperation in the project with Tecnaro and Grafe.”

“We have already been working with TECNARO for many years and jointly develop environmentally friendly plastic solutions based on Arboblend,” Schubert explains. In July 2022, he says, the request from ORNAMIN came and thus the idea of bio-based reusable trays was born. By working together on this project, all three companies are underlining their commitment to sustainable resource management and against the waste caused by disposable products.

GRAFE was founded in 1991 and employs a total of around 380 people. The company has been a successful market leader in the three business areas of colour masterbatches, additives and functional compounds for more than 30 years and supplies more than 2,000 customers in over 60 countries. Every year, 10,000 different new masterbatches in individual variants are produced and tested in the laboratories of the technology leader. The colour granulates are tailor-made with a view to quality and functionality according to individual customer requirements.

ORNAMIN has been developing and producing sustainable reusable tableware with the highest standards of quality and design since 1955. The reusable bowls and cups are reusable, dishwasher and microwave safe, 100 percent Made in Germany and above all 100 percent recyclable. They are suitable for both professional and private use. The high quality and simple design make the 2Go products unique for home and on the go.

TECNARO develops technologies for the industrial use of renewable raw materials in plastics processing and has received numerous awards for sustainability, innovation and future technologies. The company produces and markets thermoplastic biomaterials of the Arboform, Arboblend and Arbofill product families worldwide. In the process, customer-specific solutions for industrial series production are successfully implemented by customers in numerous industries.