12-1-2018: Transition to a Circular Economy
Discover the potential of this concept during the Week of the Circular Economy (15-19 January). The Circular Economy means new opportunities, solutions and innovative applications. A Circular Economy implies reducing waste to a minimum.
Plastics pervade modern life; plastics production has been growing exponentially since the 1960s and is expected to double by 2036. Although there are over 1.000 types of plastic, 90 % of plastics are derived from virgin fossil fuels. In Europe, post-consumer plastic waste is either incinerated with energy recovery (39 %), landfilled (31 %) or recycled (30%).The production and consumption of plastics today offers a series of benefits (in particular low production costs, durability and versatility) but also pose a number of problems (in particular loss of material value as a result of single use and low recycling rates, as well as ill-effects on nature, climate and human health).
Moving the plastics value chain in this Circular direction would mean improving recycling, promoting reuse, and redesigning products, while taking into account the whole life-cycle of products.
Waste as a resource
Using waste as a resource is key to becoming more resource efficient. At the end of their service life, plastics are still too valuable to be simply thrown away. We encourage the use of recycled materials as at the base it will reduce the need for Fossil fuels for plastics. DuFor focusses on developing innovative solutions that are recyclable and made with renewable resources. Textiles, filaments, strapping and also packaging applications present excellent opportunities for the use of recycled materials.
Together with the recycling know-how of our sister company Cumapol we can process rPET flakes into valuable custom made polyesters, and making it again 100% recyclable, therefore contributing to zero landfill waste. These recycled polyesters have at least the same quality, functionality and feel of those produced from virgin polyester.
Today 70% of our R&D activities concentrate on sustainable applications, with a particular focus on bio-based polyesters and recycling. Interested in our custom made sustainable solutions, please contact us!