Recyclable and healthier alternatives
Discarded particleboard, MDF and other panel materials add considerably to the waste generated by the interior and construction industries. The irreversible combination of materials and ingredients used in most products made with MDF and particleboard is the biggest challenge to technically and economically feasible recycling.
DSM’s joint venture, DSM-Niaga, and ECOR have begun a research collaboration that will focus on developing fully recyclable and healthier alternatives. ECOR technology can make materials from natural fibers with water, pressure and heat alone. DSM-Niaga manufactures products by using a reversible adhesive. This adhesive enables easy decoupling of different material layers, for full recovery and high value recycling. Combined, both technologies offer an alternative to all products made from MDF and particleboard, without compromising on material safety, quality, and recyclability.