Borealis presents first pilot projects to enhance the use of recycled polyolefins

02-Nov-10
Borealis has presented it’s first pilot projects to enhance the use of recycled polyolefins at K 2010. The project highlights a shopping cart and shopping basket made from a combination of recycled polypropylene (PP) with Borealis' enhanced polypropylene (PP) grades for recycling, achieving the same superior material characteristics while significantly reducing the carbon footprint of the applications. The development of the company's first pro-recyclates grades PP4R 500 and PP4R 100 is another milestone in Borealis' strategy to investigate different options to support the recycling of its advanced polyolefins solutions. The shopping carts are made of a combination of 67% high impact PP4R 500 PP and 33% recycled PP material. The shopping baskets are made of 75% recycled PP and 25% PP4R 100. Both grades are enhanced grades developed by Borealis to meet the requirements for use in a combination with recycled material. The environmental benefits of both pilot applications are significant. The use of recycled PP delivers a 15% improvement in the carbon footprint of the shopping cart and a 30% decrease for the shopping basket. Both pilots were manufactured with the support of. In both cases the recycled PP material was produced from mixed PP post-consumer waste. "Developing outlets for recycled polyolefins is essential for the future of both polyolefin and the recycling industries," says Gerd Löbbert, Borealis Executive Vice President for Polyolefins. "With this pilot project, we are investigating the development of sustainable and innovative solutions that enable the combination of recycled PP with our advanced polypropylene material."
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