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About BioBeads

History

In 1958, Munkplast AB started producing NABBI beads in Munka Ljungby, Sweden; then, the material was PVC. In the early 1990s, production was moved to Uppsala, and the material was replaced with Polyethylene (PE), which was considered the most environmentally friendly alternative at that time.

Sustainable and locally produced

Now, 30 years later, we are changing our manufacturing methods to produce the same classic beads and pegboards with the bio-based material Biodolomer.

NABBI BioBeads counteracts global warming by using Biodolomer, a material produced in Sweden and based on raw materials produced from renewable sources such as rye, wheat, barley, vegetable oil, calcium carbonate, and lactic acid, which is added to biodegradable polyester to become a compostable polymer.

The material Biodolomer used for the beads and pegboards is the same raw material used to produce compostable carrier bags. The material manufacturer has had an LCA (EURO life, life cycle analysis) performed for this purpose.

This life cycle analysis shows that the material has a lower environmental impact than paper regarding global warming (GWP) and the CO2 impact on the atmosphere.

Global warming potential (GWP)¹

Global warming potential (GWP)

¹LCA for Biodolomer® within EU LIFE15 ENV/SE/000315

Non-toxic and safe products

NABBI BioBeads are manufactured and packaged in our factory in Uppsala. The tube beads and spike plates are free of phthalates, PBA, and other additives. All products meet the requirements of the EU Toy Directive (EN 71).

The product is recommended from 5 years and up.

Arts & Crafts for the whole family

In addition to the fact that the beads have a positive impact on the environment, they also contribute to a positive development in children. Beading stimulates creativity, imagination, and develop fine motor skills.

BioBeads can be ironed with a hot iron or glued together with hobby glue. When ironing, which should be performed by an adult, suitable reusable non-stick silicone baking paper is used between the iron and the beads. Set the iron on high heat and move it in a circular motion until the beads melt together.

The pearls can be used for more than classic bead crafts. Together with hobby glue, steel wire, pipe cleaner, sewing thread, or fishing line, it is only the imagination sets the limits. Pen stands, earrings, or necklaces are some examples of what beads can be used for.

See all our eco-friendly products here!

Biodolomer®

  • Are biodegradable.
  • Reduces CO₂ in the atmosphere and counteracts global warming (GWP).
  • It is heavier than water – can therefore not travel by its own power in the water. Does not contribute to an increased amount of microplastic in lakes and seas.
  • The need for water in the production of Biodolomers is barely one-tenth compared to sugar cane PE.
  • Biodolomers are manufactured in Sweden by e.g. Swedish rapeseed oil and chalk from Norway.

Fossil PE / Sugarcane PE (Polyethylene)

  • Are not biodegradable.
  • Increases CO₂ in the atmosphere and contributes to global warming.
  • It is lighter than water and can contribute to an increased amount of microplastic in lakes and seas.
  • The production of sugar cane PE requires large amounts of water – more than 500 liters per kilogram of material.
  • Sugar cane is grown in countries near the equator in, for example, Asia and South America.

Biodolomers are manufactured in Helsingborg, Sweden by GAIA BioMaterials AB.