The team at Kitkase are committed to ensuring all our products are sympathetic of the environment and are manufactured in both an ethical & sustainable manner.
Unfortunately the travel industry is one of the worst offenders for negatively impacting the environment we live in, however we appreciate people want and need to travel - after all we wouldn't have a business if they didn't!!! Therefore it's important we do everything we can to minimise the impact our products have on the leisure & tourism market.
What material are our suitcases made from?
Short non-technical answer
All our case shells are made from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene, or ABS plastic as it's most commonly referred to. The most important quality of ABS is that it's a thermoplastic material, this means it can easily be recycled and a common way of producing ABS plastic is from recycling other ABS plastic (i.e. making ABS from ABS).
Long technical answer
Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) is an opaque thermoplastic and amorphous polymer. “Thermoplastic” (as opposed to “thermoset”) has to do with the way the material responds to heat. Thermoplastics become liquid (i.e. have a “glass transition”) at a certain temperature (221 degrees Fahrenheit in the case of ABS plastic). They can be heated to their melting point, cooled, and re-heated again without significant degradation. Instead of burning, thermoplastics like ABS liquefy which allows them to be easily injection moulded and then subsequently recycled. By contrast, thermoset plastics can only be heated once (typically during the injection moulding process). This characteristic makes thermoset materials poor candidates for recycling.
What other products are made from ABS?
|Airplane (air cargo), average Cargo B747
|Modern lorry or truck
||60 to 150 g|
||30 to 100 g|
|Modern ship (sea freight)
||10 to 40 g|