Open innovation to accelerate recycling of mixed plastic waste: MATTER project

Four companies and 6 research groups from two universities collaborate to ramp up polymer recycling in the Catalisti MATTER project. Started in May 2018 the two year project brings together academic researchers and technological business experts to analyse socio-economic aspects related to plastic recycling options. The focus is on mixed, post-consumer plastic waste streams (the […]

Kaneka: a revolutionary packaging to counter the “plastic soup”

After more than two years of research, the Japanese chemical group Kaneka’s Belgian site has developed a completely new organic packaging material which can not only be recycled by composting but, of course, is also biodegradable. This innovation is the fruit of a marriage between their two main areas of expertise: fermentation and macromolecular technology. […]

INEOS Styrolution and Indaver working together to make polystyrene circular

Current mechanical recycling of plastics cannot deal with all plastic waste and thus additional technologies are needed to make plastic circular. One of the most promising ones is chemical recycling, also called feedstock recycling because plastic waste is ‘deconstructed’ into building blocks, monomers or other chemicals, that can ‘feed’ back to the beginning of the chemical value chains thus serving as alternatives to currently used feedstock. A specific type of chemical recycling is depolymerisation: this breaks down the […]

UCB engaged in diminishing waste

UCB’s management has set the ambitious goal to develop and produce medicines for people with severe diseases in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. Inspired by the Paris agreement, UCB decided to accelerate the implementation of its Environmental Strategy (also called Green Strategy) by setting the ambitious, absolute target to reach a waste reduction by […]

Borealis founding partner of Project STOP

Launched in October 2017 by Borealis and SYSTEMIQ, Project STOP aims to accelerate waste management improvements in South-East Asia, reduce marine littering, improve livelihoods and public health, and increase resource efficiency. We know that a significant amount of ocean plastic waste originates from land-based sources, with roughly 50% originating from just five Asian economies: China, […]

Sustainable procurement at Solvay

Solvay is one of the six founding members of the sustainable supply chain initiative Together for Sustainability (TfS) and is actively pursuing its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy in procurement with TfS. The company has adopted a risk-based approach in selecting which of its suppliers should be assessed or audited. These suppliers may present a […]

Sustainable supply chains adding real business value to chemical operations

Successful businesses are inspired, guided and shaped by sustainability. Increased societal awareness of and sensitivity for issues such as human rights, child labor, and the effects of climate change imply companies must demonstrate transparency, responsibility and accountability for their actions. For the chemical industry, supply chain practices represent a major opportunity to improve a company’s […]

Value chain collaborations to realise the circular economy

The Circular Economy Package of the European Commission and its Plastic Strategy created a new drive for a more circular polymer economy, requiring new business models and enhancing value chain collaboration. The proven success of voluntary value chain collaborations such as Petcore Europe, representing the complete PET value chain in Europe since 1993, and Vinylplus, […]

DETIC’s Charter for Responsible Advertising Cosmetics

The Belgian cosmetics industry is committed to working in line with the advertising code of DETIC, which has been extended to include a charter for responsible advertising and marketing communication. In doing so, the cosmetics industry recognises the importance of responsible advertising and marketing communication, which is essential to inform consumers about the characteristics of […]