In a world of finite resources, the circular economy model offers a path to reinvent the economy in the interest of natural capital conservation and waste minimisation.
A transition must be made from the linear model of “take-make-dispose” to the circular model of recycling, re-use, and designing for recyclability (DfR). For the polyolefins industry, this paradigm shift holds both opportunities and challenges. The move to the circular economy must be made as eco-efficiently as possible but circularity has to be the priority. As a leader in the polyolefin industry, we aspire to show commitment and to inspire partners and customers by designing sustainable solutions for a better future. This is why we created EverMinds™, a platform that brings stakeholders together to constantly innovate our technologies and product portfolio with circularity of plastics at the core.
Borealis Circular Economy Solutions is dedicated to discovering new opportunities for long-term business growth, primarily in the areas of mechanical recycling and design for recyclability. As the first prime polyolefins producer to have acquired a plastics recycler, Borealis has again proven its pioneering, “Keep Discovering” mindset. Together, Borealis and mtm plastics are leveraging their combined expertise and decades of experience to produce more high-quality plastic recyclate.
Over the recent years, mechanical recycling has proven to be effective, and will likely remain the eco-efficient method of choice in the foreseeable future when implementing the principles of the circular economy. Borealis and mtm plastics are bundling their respective fields of know-how and experience – in polymer science, compounding and R&D on the one hand; and mechanical recycling, on the other – to explore the opportunities that arise when virgin producers and recyclers join forces.
Together, the aim is to upscale recycling output, ensure the better availability of high-quality plastics recyclate for the European market, and ultimately achieve increased polyolefins circularity.
Based in Wildon, Austria, Ecoplast produces secondary raw materials to the highest standards, helping to turn plastic waste back into useful products. Ecoplast processes yearly around 35 000 tonnes of household and industrial plastic waste, turning it into high-quality LDPE and HDPE recyclates. These plastic granules, manufactured in a variety of colours and compositions, are primarily used in the production of plastic film.
Based in Niedergebra, Germany, mtm plastics is widely acknowledged as a European technology leader in mixed polyolefin recycling. It is one of the world’s largest producers of recycled polyolefin pellets, with annual regranulate volumes of up to 30,000 metric tons. Its Dipolen® and Purpolen® brands are sold in many European countries as well as in the US and China.
The circular economy opens up new ways to reinvent the economy in the interest of preserving natural capital and minimising waste. Another important aspect of eco-efficient waste stream management is design for recyclability (DfR), which incorporates recycling principles into the design process itself in order to achieve optimised circulation of material for recycling and re-use.
To this end, Borealis is collaborating with value chain partners – designers, retailers, packaging producers and brand owners – to develop material solutions and concepts to improve end-of-life recyclability and the performance properties of recyclate material. Two recent examples illustrating DfR and the Borealis mission of Value Creation through Innovation include:
Borealis has assumed a pro-active role in accelerating the move towards the circular economy within the industry and along the entire value chain. The Borealis commitment includes participation in the following international initiatives:
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