A Circular Economy for Plastics

EXPLORING NEW APPROACHES TO PLASTICS RECYCLING AND RESOURCE EFFICIENCY

Increasing awareness of limited natural resources has generated support for the circular economy as a necessary alternative to the current linear economic model. Clariant has therefore launched a global circular plastics economy initiative, highlighting circularity as one of the key sustainability topics at Clariant. We at Clariant Additives are striving to support our customers in this field and we want to contribute to a circular plastics economy with our solutions.

Our Contribution

1. Improving our Additives

Supporting the industry with circular compatible solutions and with designing products viable for separation, recovery.

2. Improving Recyclability

Creating more efficient cycles across the value chains by helping to improve yield, limit or avoid degradation, discoloration and odor.

3. Improving consumption

Increasing responsible consumption with the use of renewables to help reduce CO2 emissions caused by fossil resources.
Our success so far confirms that we are on the right track

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Our Stories

Terra Line
Renewable feedstock alternatives to fossil-based solutions
Based on non-food-competing renewable feedstock, Clariant’s certified sustainable biomass-based flame retardants, waxes and adhesives help to reduce fossil resource intensity and enable more sustainable material choices.
Bio-based additives
Expanding the potential and reach of biopolymers
EcoCircle
Advancing plastics recycling to reach global goals
One of the most important Sustainable Development Goals the international community pursues concerns better handling of resources and waste. New methods of plastics recycling, often called advanced recycling, can substantially contribute – and so can Clariant by improving their chemistry.
25th Anniversary
The ignition for Clariant’s sustainability passion
It’s a bold claim indeed but one for which our halogen-free flame retardant for plastics, Exolit® OP, proudly takes credit.
PERFORMANCE ADDITIVES
What cookies, pasta and plastics (now) have in common
When making cookies or homemade pasta, it’s natural to reuse scraps of leftover dough by adding them to fresh dough. Similar scraps are generated during the production of plastic films. Putting this »dough« to the same good circular use is difficult, however – unless it’s »sprinkled« with one of our special EcoCircle additives.

Together towards a circular economy

Shifting towards a global circular plastics economy is an immense challenge. That is why we join forces with other companies to pursue a common goal. We are active in four strategic associations that work together for a circular plastics economy. Our memberships and industry collaborations include:
Founding Member
Alliance to End Plastics Waste
Ending plastic waste is ambitious. But it is through collaboration and collective action that this complex problem can be solved.
Joined in 2021
EU Circular Plastics Alliance
The alliance aims to enhance plastics recycling in line with the objectives of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and the Green Deal program.
PCEP
Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform
PCEP is committed to transforming from a linear to a circular economy based on three principles: designing out waste; keeping products and materials in use; and recycling into high-quality new raw materials.
WBCSD
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Member companies and WBCSD are accelerating the development of business solutions for challenges with energy, food systems, nature, living spaces, mobility, circular economy, and social impacts.

Clariant's Initiatives

»We at Clariant strive to provide our customers and the full plastics value chain with a wider range of solutions to achieve ambitious targets and to jointly create the scale and the impact that can drive a true shift towards a circular economy.«

Nicola Lelli, Head Strategic Marketing BU Additives
SUSTAINABILITY
Discover EcoCircle – our circular plastics economy initiative
Portfolio Value Program
Sustainability designators in product names help customers to make decisions
Sustainability
EcoTain® – Our flagship label for sustainability excellence
The journey to a better tomorrow starts by addressing challenges today. We live in a world today faced with a growing number of critical issues and increasing demands.

Strong partners to lead the change

  • Clariant additives enabling recyclability of plastics waste while sustaining valuable properties

    September 19, 2019

    Through a “Symphony of Collaboration” with partners along the full plastics value chain, Clariant is taking proactive steps in addressing the problem of plastic pollution with new solutions for diverse industry sectors, from packaging – the main use of plastics – to textile floorings and consumer electronics. Complementing its “fit for reuse” solutions announced August 21 where Clariant demonstrated how its additives are recyclable, it now showcases the next level, turning the spotlight on how its additives can make it easier to recycle post-production and post-consumer plastic waste while keeping the material’s performance properties. more

  • Clariant making its Additives fit for reuse, halogen-free flame retardant allowing re- and up-cycling of PA6 & PA66

    August 21, 2019

    As announced end June, Clariant is taking action to tackle the challenge of plastic pollution with new solutions and proactive steps to create a more sustainable plastics industry through a “Symphony of Collaboration”. Clariant is supporting the industry with environmentally-compatible solutions and in designing materials and products which are easier to separate, recover, and reuse. One way to approach this challenge is to improve our additives, making them fit for re-use while avoiding material performance degradation. more

Clariant Sustainability Designators – Highlighting and promoting sustainability with trade name suffixes

Our Additives portfolio carries sustainability designators – introduced to help customers and value chains to identify products and solutions with key sustainability benefits.
  • Renewable Feedstock​

    Terra

    Products with significant (at least 50% RCI) content based on renewable resources with a mass-balance certification or real renewable content more

  • Circular Economy

    Circle

    Products with the primary purpose to support our customers and/or the value chain in reduce, re-use or recycle plastic products, showcasing a beneficial performance more

  • Natural Ingredients

    Vita

    Products from natural origin with real renewable content at least 98% RCI more

Our Business Lines

  • Performance Additives

    Additive solutions for the plastics and coatings industry. We started with single components for a multitude of challenges like thermal stabilization, sun and oxidation protection as well as flame retardancy and process stabilization, which still form the base of our portfolio. Listening closely to our customers and analyzing market needs, we used our long-term expertise and profound technical knowledge to develop special additive combinations which are designed and optimized for the needs of particular segments and applications. As simply by adding them you profit from a multitude of benefits, we call them »AddWorks« – because that is exactly what they do. As reliable, tested, and ready-to-use solutions, our AddWorks product family lowers total cost of ownership, reduces process complexity and allows you to fully focus your workforce and assets on your business. Discover the multitude of opportunities they offer for your line of work and make a tangible difference in your market! more

  • Flame Retardants

    Flame retardants help to save lives by slowing down or stopping the spread of fire or reducing its intensity. They are used in anything from phones and curtains to car seats and buildings. Clariant’s halogen-free flame retardants are produced to modern standards in Germany, Switzerland and China. Their brand name Exolit® has become a byword for sustainable fire safety. more

  • Advanced Surface Solutions

    Clariant is a global wax player in providing Advanced Surface Solutions and offering a widely diversified portfolio of synthetic and semi synthetic waxes. Our portfolio comprises Montan wax based products, polyolefin and polymeric based waxes, as well as amide waxes and their micronized grades. more

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