A joint venture launches a fully recyclable alternative to carpets
The chemical industry is constantly developing solutions to re-enter end-of-life products back into the cycle or re-design products so they can easily be recycled.
Many of these solutions need a collaboration between several stakeholders along the value chain. A good example of such collaboration is the joint venture between Dutch materials company DSM and start-up Niaga, which focuses on a product design philosophy that ensures that all components of the final product are recyclable and the product never goes to waste. As a result of this collaboration, the concept of a fully recyclable carpet has emerged.
In the EU, 1.6 million tonnes of carpets go to waste every year. Most of it goes to landfill or incineration and only 1-3% is recycled. This is because carpets are made of multiple layers of various materials, which makes them extremely expensive and technically difficult to recycle. But the carpet designed by DSM-Niaga can be easily recycled into pure material streams that can be re-used again and again to make a brand new carpet of the same quality.
Additionally, the DSM-Niaga technology uses up to 90% less energy than mainstream lamination processes and reduces water use to zero.