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The ultimate goal in sustainability is to create a circular economy instead of a linear economy, whereby waste will never leave the value chain.

linear
economy

Recycling
economy

Circular
economy

Efforts in upcycling and recycling

interrupt the traditional linear flow from production to consumption to landfill. Reducing landfill thus significantly reduces resources spent creating virgin materials.

linear economy

Recycling economy

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We are engaging in research to look at the circular economy and see all things recycling and upcycling as a great starting point
a case in point

plastics

Plastics pose a pertinent opportunity. These materials are entirely man made and we’ve only been producing them industrially since the end of the Second World War. In that time, we have nonetheless managed to produce about

8.3 billion tonnes

That’s about 1.2 tonnes for every person alive on the planet today

While our efficiency in making plastic has been phenomenal, we’ve not put a lot of time into thinking about

what to do with plastic once it has been used?

indeed of those:

8.3 billion tonnes

3%

is still in use

9%

has been recycled

12%

has been incinerated

and the vast majority – 6.3 billion tonnes – litters our environment and festers in landfill.

Given that plastics take up to 1000 years to decompose, and that virgin plastic production continues to grow exponentially, it’s clear that we need to innovate now.

What are

resin identification codes?

The ASTM International System denotes what plastics are made of in order to facilitate recycling. The resins are numbered 1 through 7, by chronological order of when that plastic became recyclable. In general the lower the number, the easier it is to find recyling facilities.

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PET

Polythylene terephthalate

Beverage bottles, food jars, clothing and carpet fiber, some shampoo and mouthwash bottles

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HDPE

High-density polyethylene

Detergent and bleach bottles, snack boxes, milk jugs, toys, bucket, crates, plant pots, garden furniture, trash bins

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PVC

Polyvinyl chloride

Credit cards, window and doorframes, gutters, pipes and fittings, wire and cable sheathing, synthetic leather

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LDPE

Low-density polyethylene

Packaging film, shopping bags, bubble wrap, flexible bottles, wire and cable insulation

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PP

Polypropylene

Bottle tops, drinking straws, lunch boxes, insulated coolers, fabric and carpet fiber, tarps, diapers

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PS

Polystyrene

Plastic-foam cups, egg boxed, meat tray packaging peanuts, coat hangers, yogurt containers, insulation, toys

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OTHER

 

Nylon fabrics, baby bottles, compact disks, medical storage containers, car parts, watercooler bottles

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