Engineering Materials

Circular economy solutions

Enabling a circular world

Our bio- and recycled based solutions

With our world facing a series of pressing environmental challenges, we must collectively secure the availability of natural resources and unlock more value from the limited resources we have. In particular, circular materials help to defossilize our economy and society, reduce plastic waste and carbon footprint, and meet changing legislative and end-consumer demands. 

At DSM Engineering Materials, we already offer a range of bio- and recycled based solutions:

  • Bio-based (Carbon-14 measurable) solutions
  • Bio-based mass balanced solutions (see our mass balanced approach below)
  • Chemical recycled mass balanced solutions (see our mass balanced approach below)
  • Mechanical recycled solutions

Moving forward, we will continue to work with our partners to leverage emerging technologies and deliver a broader range of circular economy solutions. Our ambition is to offer bio- and/or recycled-based alternatives for our entire portfolio (containing at least 25% bio- and/or recycled-based content by weight in the final products) by 2030.

Explaining our Mass Balance approach

Mass balance accounting is a well-known approach that has been designed to trace the flow of recycled- and/or bio-based materials through a complex value chain. At all times, we ensure the transparency and traceability of our bio- and/or recycled-based solutions through third-party sustainability certificates. These include certificates from the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification system and other recognized certification platforms.

Want to learn more about mass balancing, please find here the link to the Ellen MacArthur white paper on mass balancing.

Contact us for more information

Direct and easy access to our broad portfolio of high-performance plastics: explore our bio- and/or recycled-based grades or order a sample. You can also simply ask our sustainability experts.

Explore our circular economy solutions

Bio-based solutions from renewable resources: Arnitel® Eco

Our Arnitel Eco material is a bio-based thermoplastic copolyester (TPE) that delivers high performance with the added benefit of a lower environmental impact. The material is 50% made from renewable resources, based on rapeseed oil instead of mineral oil.

Bio-based solutions from renewable resources: EcoPaXX®

Our innovative materials help to save energy, reduce reliance on fossil fuels in a shift towards the use of renewable resources, and drastically reduce the carbon footprint of the products people use every day.                                                                                                     

Bio-based solutions from renewable resources: ForTii® Eco

Partially produced from renewable resource, the new range of high temperature resistant, bio-based polymers fits with the growing need for faster, thinner and more sustainable devices - specifically in the electronics industry.                                  

Bio-based (mass balanced) solutions: Stanyl® B-MB & Stanyl Eco

By 2030 our complete product portfolio will be available in a bio- and/or recycled based alternatives, and in line with that ambition we are now expanding our bio-based product portfolio of Stanyl® with Stanyl®ECO and Stanyl® B-MB (Biobased Mass Balanced).

Chemical recycled mass balanced solution: Akulon® CRC-MB

Driven by a shared vision of sustainability and strong collaboration, DSM and a few industry players have together created a multi-barrier casing for meat products made via advanced recycling of post-consumer plastics.

Mechanical recycled solutions: Akulon® RePurposed

DSM uses discarded fishing nets as the source to produce the recycle-based polyamide Akulon RePurposed. We use the material recovered from the fishing nets collected along the coastlines of India.

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