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About BioBeads

Craft for a healthier environment!

Treasured little ironing beads since 1958

Munkplast AB started the production of NABBI ironing beads in Munka Ljungby, Sweden, in 1958 – the original fuse bead. Back then, the beads were made of PVC. When we bought Munkplast in 1990, we changed materials to polyethene (PE), the most environmentally friendly material of the time. We still aspire to use as sustainable materials as possible. For this reason, we have now changed our production to create NABBI BioBeads – the same, classic ironing beads and pegboards, made of the biodegradable material Biodolomer.

Sustainable and locally sourced

NABBI BioBeads and BioPegboards are made from Biodolomer, a biodegradable material produced in Sweden. Biodolomer contains naturally occurring raw materials from the Nordic countries, e.g. rapeseed oil from Sweden and chalk from Norway. In our factory in Uppsala, Sweden, this is turned into NABBI BioBeads.

The material Biodolomer is used also for carrier bags. The materials manufacturer has let these be evaluated through an LCA (life cycle analysis). The life cycle analysis showed that the material has a lower combined effect on the environment than paper. Thanks to this, NABBI BioBeads are refreshingly eco-friendly.

Global warming potential (GWP)¹

Life cycle analysis (LCA)

¹The graph is derived from a life cycle analysis (LCA) conducted by the manufacturer of Biodolomer according to Euro Life Euro Life, EU Life 15 ENV/SE/000315.
The analysis is an impact analysis which compares carrier bags made out of Biodolomer, paper, sugar cane PE and fossil PE. Parts of the analysis are relevant also for other products.

Safe products

All NABBI products comply with the standards set in the European Toys Directive (EN 71), REACH (the SVHC list), and the Swedish National Agency for Public Procurement’s sustainability criteria for toys and hobby supplies (project Non-toxic preschool by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation).

Hobby materials for creative children and adults

On top of being positive, sustainable news for the environment, NABBI BioBeads contribute to a positive development in children. Crafting with beads stimulates the imagination, encourages creativity, and helps develop fine motor skills.

The fuse beads can be used for more than just ironing. Together with, for example, hobby glue, wire, or sewing thread, they can be turned into a myriad of things. Some examples to tickle the imagination are pen holders, bracelets, or drink lids to keep insects with a sweet tooth out of your squash this summer. See all our products here.

NABBI BioBeads can be fused together with an iron or glued with hobby glue. All ironing must be done by an adult! We recommend that you use a reusable non-stick baking mat between the iron and the beads. Set the iron to medium to high heat and move it in a circular motion over your creation until the beads have melted together. For detailed ironing instructions, please click here.

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NABBI BioBeads Biodolomer®

  • Are biodegradable.
  • Lessen CO₂ in the atmosphere and counteract global warming (GWP).
  • Are heavier than water and therefore not easily swept away. Do not contribute to increased amounts of microplastics.
  • The amount of water used in Biodolomer production is just under a tenth of the amount used to produce sugar cane PE.
  • Biodolomer are produced in Sweden and consist of, among other things, Swedish rapeseed oil and chalk from Norway.

Fossil PE and sugar cane PE

  • Are not biodegradable.
  • Increase CO₂ in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming (GWP).
  • Weigh less than water and can contribute to an increased amount of microplastics in lakes and oceans.
  • The production of sugar cane PE requires large amounts of water – more than 500 litres per kilo material.
  • Sugar cane is grown in countries close to the equator, for example in Asia and South America.

Biodolomer is produced in Helsingborg, Sweden, by GAIA Biomaterials AB.