We’d like a clean conscience and clean teeth: Instead of conventional plastic made of petroleum, we use plant-based bioplastics for all our products. These renewable raw materials enable us to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the fatal consequences of fossil fuel extraction, such as fracking or tanker accidents.
We develop those products that everyone needs and do not create new and additional needs.
Every TIO product is based on a sound analysis of material reduction in terms of design and packaging.
Whether it’s parts of the TIO products or newly developed packaging concepts – as much as possible should be reusable as part of the existing and future recycling systems.
We try to cooperate with the best, nearby partners and avoid unnecessarily long transport routes as well as offering climate-neutral shipping.
According to a WWF study, about one third of the world’s food is lost every year on its way from the field to the plate. In figures, this means approximately 1.3 billion tons per year. The annual production of bioplastics currently amounts to approximately 2.5 million tonnes, which represents 0.2% of food waste. Unfortunately, we are facing a global distribution problem here. So less bioplastics does not mean less hunger. We do not therefore see direct competition with food, but rather a distribution problem. Even if this distribution problem is solved, we are certain that the ecological advantage of bioplastics in the ecosystem is worth the land under cultivation. If one tenth of the area under cultivation for these foods were to be separated off and used for the cultivation of raw materials for biobased plastics, all petroleum-based plastics needed worldwide could be replaced.
Unfortunately, bioplastics are not yet accepted in Germany’s industrial composting system, although they are partially biodegradable. Detailed information on the disposal of the individual components of our products can be found on the respective product pages.
In the future we are still in the process of having complete LCA’s (Life Cycle Analyses) carried out on our products. A complete analysis for each product is very complex due to many intermediate steps. Therefore, we have had these analyses carried out only by the materials we use for the time being.
Sugarcane: The bio-based PE polymer resin leads to an average removal of CO2 from the atmosphere of -2.15 kg CO2/kg. Compared to petrochemical PE, which has a GWP100 effect of +1.83 kg CO2kg PE, the GWP100 net advantage of the bio-based HDPE (slurry) is -3.98 kg CO2/kg bio-based PE in the base case.
BioNylon (bristles and dental floss): has a value of 4.0 kg CO2/kg compared to > 9 CO2/kg PA 6
This means that the material we use alone saves us a significant amount of CO2. Through our cooperation with the Plant-for-the-Planet Foundation, we support their reforestation projects and thus remove CO2 from the atmosphere, which is released by production and transport routes. In addition, minimal packaging and maximum reusability help to conserve resources and save CO2.
The global warming potential is a measure of the comparability of different greenhouse gases. Since one of the major causes of climate change is the CO2 emissions during energy conversion, a CO2 equivalent is given for gases such as methane, nitrous oxide and various refrigerants. This figure thus indicates the extent to which a mass of this gas, compared to the same mass of CO2, contributes to global warming.