BioPanel route markings hiking network Groningen
5,4 tonnes CO2 reduction compared to aluminium route markings
Client: Routebureau Groningen
Routebureau Groningen is the starting point for route-based recreation in Groningen and provides a central platform for route-based recreation in the province of Groningen. It was established in 2014, courtesy of the province of Groningen and the Groningen municipalities. Since then, Routebureau Groningen has been actively working to expand and improve route-related recreation. To make Groningen more attractive to walkers, a walking route network has been realised by the Province of Groningen using recycled posts and environmentally friendly BioPanel route signs.
The entire walking route network through the province of Groningen is equipped with BioPanel route signs. BioPanel is a bio-based plastic panel material consisting of renewable, vegetable-based raw materials. The signs have extremely low CO2 emissions, are fully recyclable and biodegradable! Moreover, the stickers are environmentally friendly. A PVC-free foil is used, on which a full-colour print is applied, after which the print is provided with a PVC-free protective laminate. Printing on a PVC-free foil is much more environmentally-friendly than, for example, a screen printing method.
Over 12,000 BioPanel signs have been installed for signposting the walking network.
This reduced more than 5.4 tonnes of CO2 in the province of Groningen compared to aluminium signs.
This is equivalent to 32.500 km of driving an average diesel car!
BioPanel is a sustainable, circular and biodegradable plastic sheet material that is suitable for many different applications. BioPanel consists of 100% biobased materials with components such as industrial hemp and a thermoplastic biopolymer of lactic acid (PLA). These are rapidly renewable vegetable raw materials, which can largely be produced locally. The production of BioPanel results in up to 99% less CO2 emissions compared to conventional materials. In addition, the use of BioPanel prevents residual waste.