Author: Lena Barner-Rasmussen
Imagine the impact if we put all the plastics we use back into the system?
Today, a large part of recycled polymers is incinerated. Some of it ends up in landfills or even worse, the ocean. In a fully circular economy, the polymers we consume should be recycled properly for reuse.
Walki Group has taken a big step in making this a reality as the company has launched a ground-breaking innovation in partnership with SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry.
“We will begin using circular polymers that have precisely the same qualities as raw material that is used for the very first time”, says CEO Leif Frilund.
This is a major innovation that makes a true circular economy closer to reality.
The circular polymer is produced by SABIC, one of Walki’s longtime partners. The new innovation turns low quality, mixed post-consumer plastic waste – otherwise destined for incineration of landfill – into finished certified circular polymers. The chemical structure of these is equivalent to a virgin polymer. The Walki Group will begin serving the packaging industry and brand owners this year, using the material for consumer packages.
The quantities of the recycled polymers will be quite small to begin with, but the intention is to grow the usage of circular polymers as the production capacity of this new, sustainable and recycled raw material increases.
“Today, more than 80% of our products are made out of renewable or recyclable materials. Our goal is to reach 100% by 2030. The circular polymers will definitely take us one step closer to our ambition: a zero-waste future”, says Frilund.