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Using Bioplastics in Products

NEC has developed and is now commercializing NeCycle™ (pronounced “new cycle”), a new bioplastic that uses plant resources as its primary raw material. The brand name NeCycle indicates a new style of recycling: a recycling of the material itself as well as a recycling of the CO₂ that is absorbed by the plant component that constitutes the material's main resource.

Environmental Mid-Term Plan

Promoting the use of bioplastics in products is one of the specific goals of NEC’s Mid-Term Environmental Plan.

Bioplastics as defined by NEC

  • To be called a bioplastic, the plastic must be listed on the Positive List of the Japan Bioplastics Association (JPBA) as a plastic with a biomass ratio of 25wt% or more.
  • The plastic must not include any substances prohibited by the JBPA. (Definition revised in FY 2014/3.)

NEC bioplastics must also satisfy the following requirements:

  • They must use materials developed primarily by NEC.
  • The flame-retardant polylactic acid component must meet the following specific criteria:
    1. A biomass (organic component) ratio of more than 50wt%.
    2. A petroleum ratio of 50wt% or less (compared with petroleum-based plastics made by NEC).

    (Definition revised in FY 2014/3.)


Examples of using bioplastics in NEC products (includes products no longer on the market)

NEC Casio Mobile Communications (Japanese)
NeCycle (kenaf-reinforced bioplastic (Japanese)) used for casing of FOMA mobile phone (N701i ECO).)

  • N701iECO
    No longer manufactured (launched on March 10, 2006)
    Orders no longer received by dealers