Schneider Electric unveils the first home energy solutions made from recycled ocean plastics

● Schneider Electric presents the first switch and socket with one goal: products made from recycled fishing nets to promote sustainability

● Merten Ocean Plastic Switch wins the CES 2022 innovation award in the Sustainable development category

● The product line is the next step in the company’s goal of evolving smart homes into smart and sustainable homes.

● The products are delivered in 100% recyclable packaging

January 4, 2022 – Schneider Electric, leader in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, and most sustainable company in the world 2021 According to Corporate Knights ranking, today unveiled the first home energy solutions made from ocean plastics. Merten’s industry-leading line of plugs and switches, made from recycled ocean materials, delivered in sustainable packaging, eliminating non-recyclable materials and allowing customers to take one step closer to meeting bottom lines zero.

Debuting at CES 2022, Schneider Electric is the first company in the industry to deliver home energy solutions made from recycled ocean plastic that creates a vision of a truly functional circular economy.

Giving ocean nets a new home for life

Schneider Electric’s Merten range, known for its modern and timeless design, includes new models made from polyamide fishing nets collected from the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea. Customers in some markets are now able to help reduce ocean pollution by choosing durable products, including switches, sockets and frames, without compromising on durability and style.

Merten Ocean Plastics offer has been recognized by CES as 2022 Innovation award winner in the Sustainability category. The product line is also the first in the industry to receive the international award. Cradle to cradle Silver certification for responsible product design and measures taken towards a continuous circular economy.

Abandoned or lost fishing gear accounts for around 10% of the plastic waste in our oceans. The new ocean plastic Merten models help reduce the 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets left in the ocean each year and are the first step in making this product line more sustainable.

Sustainable partnership

Schneider Electric has partnered with DSM, a global leader in health, nutrition and biosciences

to transform waste fishing nets into high-quality engineering plastic that can be used in electrical appliances.

DSM works with several local communities in India to retrieve and collect discarded fishing nets, providing significant benefit to the local economy and environment.

The abandoned fishing nets are then cut, cleaned, extruded and inspected for quality before being sent to DSM for processing into a complex reused by Akulon. The carbon footprint of this new compound is 82% lower than that of traditional nylon 6 used in similar products, reducing the potential impact on global warming, air acidification and ozone formation. photochemical in its manufacturing process.

The final material also contains 15% fiberglass to make the products more durable, stronger and more durable to meet all necessary electrical safety requirements and standards.

100% recyclable packaging

Further strengthening its sustainability commitments, Schneider Electric has also redesigned the packaging of its products, eliminating all single-use plastics and non-recyclable materials from the packaging process.

Technology can help us create smarter energy solutions to reduce the carbon footprint. Still, we fall at the first hurdle if it is a single-use plastic device wrapped in non-degradable packaging. By addressing this upstream, the Merten System M range takes a big step towards future 100% recyclable packaging from Schneider Electric. The design of the boxes also includes the recognizable logos of the Schneider Electric and Merten brands as well as the plastic ocean symbol.

YiFu Qi, Executive Vice President of Global Home and Distribution at Schneider Electric, said, “The challenge of weaning the world from our addiction to plastic waste may seem impossible. But change is possible – and it starts at home. The collaboration between DSM and Schneider Electric is a world first and is a game-changer for the market. We hope to pave the way for even more sustainable innovations in the electrical solutions industry and inspire inspiration and innovation for years to come. Merten’s line of recycled ocean materials is just the first of many sustainable solutions from Schneider Electric as we strive to help our customers achieve global net zero goals.

The future of production in the electrical solutions sector must be green. Using the right materials for the job from the start is key to building a circular economy in this industry. “

Helen Mets, Executive Vice President Materials at DSM, added: “To meet the global challenge of ocean plastics, our entire industry will need to come together and find innovative solutions to drive a circular transformation. Through our collaboration with Schneider Electric, we aspire to take a small step towards maintaining healthier marine life, litter-free beaches and cleaner oceans. to secure and stylish electrical outlets. Together, we can create demand for reused plastics and help find a second home for discarded recyclable materials.

Visit Schneider Electric’s Home of the Future exhibition, showcasing the new Ocean Plastic range, at CES in Hall C, Booth 53214.

Experience a complete smart home setup with Schneider’s Wiser Energy Center at its heart, connecting smart outlets, window sensors, heating, temperature and motion sensors, electric vehicle charging and more in every room for bring efficiency, resilience and sustainability to every home.

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