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Akulon® RePurposed

The versatile, high performance polyamide, based on recycled resources

Akulon® RePurposed

The versatile, high performance polyamide, based on recycled resources

At DSM, our strategy includes developing innovative solutions and collaborations that contribute to a circular economy and aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals addressing climate change, resource scarcity, waste and pollution. We look beyond society’s current model of take-make-dispose and instead try to mimic nature and the circle of life.

DSM uses discarded fishing nets as the source to produce the recycle-based polyamide Akulon®Repurposed. DSM uses material recovered from discarded fishing nets collected along the coastlines of India, which are treated and upcycled using local labor, before being compounded.

Supporting environment and society

With this new product line DSM contributes to cleaner oceans as instead of disposing discarded fishing nets on the beach or in the sea these are collected for recycling purposes. The product also has an extended positive social impact in terms of job creation and the development of new skills and knowledge of people working in the supply chain (i.e. collecting, sorting, cleaning and processing fishing nets).

Functional attributes

The end product is a glass fibre reinforced recycle-based polyamide with excellent functional properties.

Applications

Akulon® RePurposed is used in high-end applications in the sports and leisure segment such as for example surfboard accessories, but can also be used in a wide variety of other applications including furniture and other industrial applications.

Customer Cases

DSM and Starboard transform discarded fishing nets into high-end surfboard components

Starboard, a world leading watersports company and DSM are collecting and upcycling discarded fishing nets to create a material for consumer goods such as surfboard components. In doing so the collaboration supports litter-free beaches, a healthier marine environment and creates a positive social impact for local communities in India.

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