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Tie-ups: DSM, Sabic and partners develop PCR packaging; DSM and Neste to produce materials from sustainable feedstock

DSM, Sabic and partners develop PCR packaging

Dutch materials firm DSM tied up with compatriots: Riyadh-headquartered chemical firm Sabic, Spanish oil/gas firm Cepsa, Dutch chemical firm Fibrant, and Spanish packaging firm Viscofan to create a multi-barrier casing for meat products made via advanced recycling of post-consumer plastics.

Produced by Viscofan, the newly developed sustainable casing consists of several layers of different polymers. DSM Engineering Materials supplies the certified circular polyamide (PA) Akulon CRC-MB, and Sabic supplies the certified circular PE from its Trucircle portfolio of circular solutions. Both products are based on used and post-consumer plastics and using advanced recycling, the used plastic is converted into new feedstock.

Sabic uses advanced feedstock recycling technology from UK-based Plastic Energy to recover the material value of mixed and used plastic, including previously difficult to recycle post-consumer plastics.

The Akulon CRC-MB is produced applying a mass-balancing approach**. Firstly, Sabic produces certified circular benzene, based on materials produced via feedstock recycling of mixed-used plastics, which is used by Cepsa to make certified circular phenol. Fibrant then uses the phenol to produce certified circular caprolactam EcoLactam, which is provided to DSM to produce its certified circular PA. Finally, Viscofan combines the certified circular PE and PA to produce the multi-barrier film used to create casings for a variety of meat products.

All of the advanced recycled materials within the value chain will have the globally recognised ISCC Plus certification and will not require re-qualification.

Multi-layer barrier films inherently offer strong sustainability advantages by helping to reduce preventable food waste – which accounts for 8% of total global greenhouse gas emissions – and extending the shelf-life of food products. What’s more, using post-consumer plastics as a feedstock mitigates the depletion of natural resources, reduces the accumulation of plastic waste and improves the environmental footprint.

DSM and Neste to produce materials from sustainable feedstock

Meanwhile in related news, DSM is partnering with renewable diesel and sustainable aviation fuel maker Neste to start replacing a significant portion of the fossil feedstock in the manufacture of its polymers portfolio with Neste’s feedstock produced from recycled waste plastics and/or 100% bio-based hydrocarbons. These polymers are used, for example, in the automotive, electronics and packaging industries.

Over the short term, the collaboration aims to replace several thousand tons of fossil feedstock in the production of polymers with bio-based and waste plastic based hydrocarbons.

Neste produces its bio-based hydrocarbons entirely from renewable raw materials, such as waste and residue oils and fats. For the production of waste plastic derived feedstock, Neste focuses on plastics that cannot be mechanically recycled and have previously been directed to incineration and landfilling.

Thanks to being a drop-in replacement to commonly-used fossil feedstock in the polymers production, Neste’s products are suitable for existing production infrastructures and enables DSM to produce more sustainable products using its existing processes.

All of the chemically recycled and bio-based materials within the value chain will have the globally recognized ISCC Plus certification and will not require re-qualification.


(IMA)


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