Driving the circular economy


From the ‘take, make, dispose’ model to ‘make, use, return’.

A circular economy aims to maintain the value of products, materials and resources in the economy for as long as possible, and to minimise the generation of waste. Chemistry is central to the ideal of the circular economy. Whether one’s talking about paper, battery or plastics recycling, the process is fundamentally chemical.

The 20th Century mandated recycling for wastes that were filling up landfills and polluting the landscape. In the 21st century we are working on technologies to extract and recycle carbon from CO2 emissions or design products that will never go to waste.

Have a look at how the chemical industry makes a circular economy possible


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Making cotton dyeing more sustainable with one pretreatment solution

Safe and sustainable by design, Climate Change & Energy, Innovation, Sustainability


Cracked concrete can cure itself

Safe and sustainable by design, Circular Economy, Innovation


Clever use of polyurethane foam from the start

Safe and sustainable by design, Circular Economy, Innovation, Sustainability


Reaching new heights: Flying on recycled carbon dioxide

Safe and sustainable by design, Climate Strategy, Innovation, Sustainability


Bionaphta and recycled oil for a new sustainable certified product range

Bio economy, Chemical Recycling, Circular Economy, Innovation, Sustainability


Value chains join forces to close the loop on recycling batteries

Circular Economy


Closing the loop: recycling battery cases

Circular Economy


Giving new life to old mattresses

Chemical Recycling, Circular Economy, Sustainability


Designing sustainable packaging by increasing the use of renewable raw material

Circular Economy, Sustainability


Re-purposing textiles from start to finish

Circular Economy, Innovation, Sustainability


Reducing dependence on natural resources

Circular Economy, Climate Strategy, Innovation


Industrial symbiosis helps cut carbon emissions and reduce waste

Climate Strategy, Sustainability


Residual heat from refineries can warm households

Circular Economy, Sustainability


Recycling more plastics: PET packaging

Circular Economy, Innovation


Replacing fossil fuels with bio-based feedstock

Circular Economy, Climate Strategy, Innovation, Sustainability


Turning foam waste into safe new raw materials

Circular Economy, Innovation


Circular economy in action: Recycling food packaging into school desks

Circular Economy, Innovation


Recycling the unrecyclable

Chemical Recycling, Circular Economy, Innovation


Transforming household waste into raw material for chemicals

Circular Economy, Innovation, Sustainability


Creating fully recyclable carpets and mattresses

Circular Economy, Innovation, Sustainability


New polyurethane rotor blade helps wind turbines last longer

Climate Strategy, Innovation, Sustainability


Waste discharge can create valuable by-products

Circular Economy, Sustainability


Exchanging by-products to improve resource efficiency

Circular Economy, Sustainability


Making chemical plants more resource efficient

Circular Economy, Sustainability


Accelerating carbon recycling in Europe

Circular Economy, Climate Strategy


Creating “green” composites with innovative resins

Circular Economy, Climate Strategy, Sustainability


Converting climate damaging emissions into raw material

Circular Economy, Climate Strategy, Innovation


Converting textile waste into valuable feedstock

Circular Economy, Innovation


Biofuel production from agricultural residues

Circular Economy, Climate Strategy, Innovation


Biodegradable additives boost the quality of recycled paper

Circular Economy, Innovation, Sustainability


Transforming wastewater into drinking water

Circular Economy, Innovation


Chemistry can help create low-carbon cars

Circular Economy, Climate Strategy


Recycling coffee cups into building insulation

Circular Economy, Innovation, Sustainability


An anti-ageing solution increases the road’s lifespan by 5 years

Circular Economy, Innovation, Sustainability


Solvents – a key ingredient of energy efficient and sustainable materials

Circular Economy, Sustainability


One key substance can help renew old things

Circular Economy, Sustainability


Coated textiles: comfortable to wear, sustainable to make

Circular Economy, Sustainability