Why the introduction of an alternative traffic sign?
The Netherlands must also comply with the “Paris Agreement” in which international agreements were made to curb global warming. The Dutch target is that in 2030 we will emit 49% less greenhouse gases than in 1990; raw materials come from biomass, residual flows and gases. Investments and purchases by all government bodies will have to contribute to achieving the climate objectives. The transition from a linear to a circular economy is irreversibly underway. As a major player in the traffic sign market, we have been looking for a sustainable product of high quality with which our clients can contribute to meeting the targets.
Where do the raw materials for a Nabasco® biocomposite road sign come from?
The local residual materials come from nature reserves in the Netherlands, such as the Weerribben in Overijssel. So 100% local. This results in a considerably lower environmental burden than, for example, materials from other continents, which cause a considerable CO2 emission due to their transport. The reed is purchased from thatchers as secondary reed. Secondary means that it can no longer be used for roofs; too short, too bent, etc. But it is an excellent raw material for road signs.
What is Nabasco® Sign made of?
Nabasco® biocomposite traffic signs are made from local residual materials. The main raw materials for these traffic signs are reed from the Netherlands, lime and resin. Natural fibres require less energy to produce and fewer chemicals to bond to the resin. Both of these make for an even more sustainable product.
What is possible after the end of life of a Nabasco® traffic sign?
After use, the product can be reused for the production of new Nabasco® biocomposite traffic signs. Thus 100% circular.
Does the production of Nabasco® biocomposite traffic signs generate waste?
Each piece is produced by means of a mould per dimension, which means that no waste is generated in this process. This is in contrast to traffic and information signs that are made of plate material. This is in contrast to traffic and information signs that are made of board material, where the milling waste is on average about 25%.