A smart suitcase which is graphene based and very environmentally friendly is now at prototype stage.
“A prototype for a graphene- based smart suitcase made of 100% of recycled plastic has been developed in collaboration with The University of Manchester. 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year in the world with 40% of that single use and only 9% get recycled worldwide.
Furthermore, it is predicted by 2050 that the amount of plastic in the ocean will be greater than the amount of fish.
One of the barriers for using recycled plastic includes degradation and thermal aging of the plastic as well as mixing low-grade materials into the batch, which results in poor performance properties and lower reusability.
However a Manchester-based start- up company, GraphCase has developed a patent pending technology to create a composite polymer using graphene, which is made from 100% recycled plastics. The world first graphene suitcase is 60% stronger, 20% lighter and has a lifetime warranty. The material used can also be recycled multiple times whilst maintaining its performance.
The use of one 20” GraphCase cabin luggage could potentially reduce 6kg CO2 emissions into the environment.
The graphene-enhanced recycled polycarbonate system imparts smooth-touch, scratch resistant and better impact properties. The case also includes an ejectable battery pack so mobile devices can be charged (on the go) a TSA approved lock as well as being water resistant.
Dr Shaila Afroj, Co-founder of GraphCase and former University of Manchester student said: “Over the last several months we have worked extremely hard with Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre (GEIC) at The University of Manchester and various partners to develop World first Graphene-enhanced travel case based on 100% recycle plastics.
We are hoping to bring our smart, strong and environmentally sustainable travel case to the market in the new year. By providing high quality, extremely durable and 100% recycled plastics-based suitcase, we would like to provide greatest experiences to the travellers.”
Source: Manchester University
Note: It looks like there is another “World’s first Graphene Carbon Fibre Composite Suitcase” also developed at Manchester University.