Resources & Circularity

Moving to a circular & bio-based economy

Squaring the circle

At DSM we’re dedicated to securing the future availability of natural resources and unlocking more value from the limited resources we have. In fact, we strive to help society transform to a circular, bio-based economy that mirrors the workings of mother nature herself in many ways. It provides food, materials and energy in a way that is cyclical and restorative by design – very much the opposite of our current linear economy where so much is wasted…

Thinking beyond recycling

Creating a brighter world for all means thinking differently. Recycling materials and recovering energy are excellent ways to reduce waste and pollution and slow down climate change. However, a circular economy goes beyond looking at waste: it is about sourcing renewable and recycled materials; and designing products that are more durable, and easier to repair, re-use and re-purpose - thus preventing waste in the first place.

As with our efforts to tackle climate change, society is in a race against time to solve this resources challenge, as the world’s population - and especially the high-consuming new middle classes - continue to grow. So what are we doing at DSM?

Improving our performance

By using resources more efficiently and replacing fossil-based materials with more renewable ones we are demonstrating that it’s possible to build a more circular world. We approach resource efficiency on two fronts; renewable sourcing and continously improving our day-to-day operations.

Enabling a circular world

We strive to reduce finite resources and replace them with renewable ones; to reduce waste through more efficient production and recycling; and to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals by shifting to safe alternatives within DSM snd across our value chains with customers, suppliers and end-consumers. 

Advocating

We work with all kinds of organizations - from governments and NGOs to academia and other private companies - to shape and influence the circular economy agenda.

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  • Improving our resource efficiency

    By using resources more efficiently and replacing fossil-based materials with more renewable ones we are demonstrating that it’s possible to build a more circular world.

  • Enabling a circular world

    Reduce, Replace, Extend, Enable & Recover. How we are safeguarding current and future natural resources and unlocking more value from those we use.

  • Our operations

    DSM takes its global environmental and social responsibilities seriously. This goes beyond our own operations to that of our suppliers, customers, and end-users.

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