LyondellBasell has recently launched of a suite of products under the name Circulen enabling brand owners to improve the sustainability of consumer products. This announcement marks a significant step in LyondellBasell delivering on its sustainability goal of producing and marketing two million metric tons of recycled and renewable-based polymers annually by 2030.
The LyondellBasell Circulen product family supports the reduction of plastic waste through the use of recycled content, and a lower carbon footprint through the use of renewable-based content as compared to feedstock from fossil-based sources. The Circulen product portfolio includes:
CirculenRecover polymers are made from plastic waste through a mechanical recycling process
CirculenRevive polymers are made using an advanced (molecular) recycling process to convert plastic waste into feedstock to produce new polymers, which have a wide range of uses
CirculenRenew polymers are made from renewable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, which have a wide range of uses.
"With the new Circulen product portfolio, we are taking concrete action to advance the circular economy today, innovate for the future and partner across the value chain," said Ken Lane, LyondellBasell Executive Vice President Global Olefins and Polyolefins. "Our ambition is bold, yet necessary, and we are committed to doing our part to help address the global challenges of plastic waste in the environment and climate change while meeting customer and brand owner needs."
The launch of the new Circulen portfolio follows several recent announcements focused on LyondellBasell's circular economy ambitions:
Expanding the Quality Circular Polymers mechanical recycling joint venture portfolio to include both post-consumer and post-industrial recycled plastic;
Extending future innovation in advanced (molecular) recycling with LyondellBasell's MoReTec technology and the start-up of a pilot facility;
Utilizing renewable-based feedstocks comprised of waste and cooking oils to produce plastic products that help reduce CO2 over the product life cycle
The LyondellBasell Circulen portfolio is currently available in Europe and will soon be introduced in North America and China. Circulen products are presently used in the new Samsonite Magnum Eco suitcase line, and garden equipment (e.g., watering cans).