Plating on plastics is one of the main plating processes that is currently used to achieve the metallization of plastic substrates. However, this process is associated with several environmental concerns. Specifically:
All these environmental concerns shall be properly addressed in order to reduce the overall impact of the plating on plastics process. The adoption of safer, more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices will mitigate these concerns. The FreeMe project aims to eliminate the use of hexavalent chromium from the plating on plastics process, by using REACH compliant chemicals and adopting a Safe-and-Sustainable-by-Design approach.