Biodegradability

Biodegradation is simply the breakdown of organic matter by microorganisms. Substances can be classed as biodegradable if external microorganisms are able to break down and decompose all elements of the material.
This is what happens to Blachere’s BIOPRINT material. There are no harmful chemicals added and therefore the eco-friendly materials are allowed to biodegrade slowly. This means that the decorations we manufacture can be installed outdoors for extended periods of time without aesthetic or mechanical damage.
Whilst industrial composting is a sensible option, the more environment-friendly approach is to recycle the material thereby reducing daily waste production.

How BIOPRINT is Made

The revolutionary BIOPRINT material is manufactured from organic sugar canes, where juice from it is extracted, fermented then distilled. Through this process the juice changes to ethanol. The ethanol is dehydrated, which then forms the basis of the bioplastic in granule form.

In our laboratories, the material is then combined with other biodegradable components, such as talc, using a unique and exclusive formula. These additional materials help to provide mechanical properties, UV resistance and temperature resistance, all essential when crafting decorations.

Once the BIOPRINT material reaches our workshops in the south of France, we add biodegradable colourants which dye the material on a large scale, enabling us to produce the colourful decorations and structures that Blachere are famous for. The added benefit is that when disposed of the decorations leave no unwelcome footprints behind.

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  • 75%

    In 2019, 75% of our 2D decorations are made with BIOPRINT

  • 50%

    We’ve dedicated 50% of our R&D budget to the design of new organic materials

  • 80%

    BIOPRINT means we use 80% less aluminium on our decorations

  • 100%

    By 2025 100% of our 2D decorations will be made with BIOPRINT

How Blachere is Helping The World
  • Using LEDs Only

    LEDs use a tenth of the electricity compared to normal lights and last ten times longer. We’ve been using LEDs for all decorations since 2008

  • Green Electricity

    To reduce our carbon footprint, we are switching to renewable energy sources over the next three years. As a result, we will generate around 500 fewer tonnes of CO2

  • Wind Farms and Rainwater Harvesting

    We have installed four wind turbines on the production site, in addition to solar panels. We collect rainwater and use it to water the greenery on site

  • FSC Paper

    Our catalogue is made from paper approved by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council). The paper comes from controlled and responsibly sourced resources

  • Waste Recycling and Carbon Footprint

    We currently recycle two-thirds of our waste, with cardboard and plastic compactors installed on site. We record all greenhouse gases generated by our business

  • A Home for The Bees

    This initiative helps to protect the bee population and encourage colonies to develop, by offering communities the chance to sponsor a beehive

  • The Blachere Foundation

    The Jean-Paul Blachère Foundation aims to participate in the development of Africa by encouraging the promotion of artists there. The foundation’s art centre, located in an industrial zone, presents exhibitions and welcomes artists in residency