For users who rely on sustainable solutions for electronic components, WAGO now offers the 221 terminal block series as a Green Range version made from recycled plastics. The metal components consist of a high percentage of recycled materials and the packaging is made of grass paper. The Green Range version is equipped with green levers and otherwise has the same advantages and features as its sister with orange levers. However, it is partly made of origin-certified, biocircular (base: biobased residual materials from industry and households) and recycled plastics (post-consumer recyclate). As a result, the Green Range connecting clamp saves fossil resources and keeps plastics in the cycle.
The impetus for the development came from Meike Beimstroh, Product Portfolio Manager, and Sina-Marie Kluß, Channel Manager. The levers of the Green Range variant consist of at least 27% recycled PET bottles. Up to 77% bio-based residual materials from industry and households, such as tall oil, used grease, and residues from the production of cooking oils, form the basis of the case. These are reprocessed into high-quality polycarbonate using clever technical processes, thus reducing the use of fossil resources. This shows that a waste product can be turned back into a valuable resource. This makes the clamp an alternative with a more sustainable background with the same quality and certifications as the well-known 221 series connector clamp.
However, not only does the clamp go a step further in the direction of sustainability, but so does its packaging. The packaging of the Green Range connector clamp is made of grass paper, a more sustainable alternative to recycled paper. Grass paper has a grass fiber content of up to 30% and a recycled paper content of about 70%. The production of grass paper produces about 5.6% less CO2 and about 11% less water consumption compared to the production of pure recycled paper. It also has about 28% less impact on biodiversity, as the grass fibers come from compensation areas for developments or fallow agricultural land.
And if you want to learn more about sustainable components in the field of connectivity or electronics, you can get all the relevant information from the Euroconnectors team.