Grimsholm’s robot mower peg goes green with Trifilon
Grimsholm Green, a leader in robot mower accessories space, collaborates with Trifilon, an innovative Swedish developer of sustainable biocomposites.
To the regret of landscapers and kids looking to make a few bucks, robot lawnmowers have come to more or less dominate the modern garden. And while these silent robots run happily on electricity and not two-stroke petrol engines, there is a dark secret lurking under the grass. When installing these robot mowers, plastic spikes are used to fasten the perimeter wire into the ground. As these spikes are buried underground, the likelihood of installers collecting them for recycling is minimal. It’s this problem that Grimsholm wanted to tackle and turned to Trifilon for support.
The new Grimsholm bio-spike is made from Trifilon Switch, an innovative thermoplastic biocomposite made from renewable, non-GMO plant-based feedstocks. This sustainable plastic alternative incorporates C02 sequestering hemp fibers sourced from eco-friendly EU farms. Tough and strong, but still with a bio-look and feel, the bio-spike is designed to fully decompose.
For Grimsholm, this project was also an opportunity to move production back to Sweden and lower its logistics’ C02 footprint. A tight collaboration between its sustainable materials supplier, Trifilon, and its local manufacturing partner meant that this bio-spike could be completely locally sourced close to it’s EU distribution hub.
– This is one of the best examples we have seen so far when it comes to application suitability for our revolutionary Switch material. We know that it won’t be possible for a landscaper or home gardener to collect the spikes once they’ve been installed underground. This makes a compostable spike the only reasonable alternative for a sustainable garden. It´s a perfect match between application and material, says Jeremiah Dutton, Head of Sales at Trifilon AB.