Materials supplier Solvay has commercialized new high-performance nylon resins with recycled content.
The new resins are being sold under the Omnix ReCycle trade name. They have at least 33 percent recycled content, of which 70 percent is post-industrial or post-consumer, officials with Brussels-based Solvay said in a news release.
They added that the new materials "follow the company's One Planet roadmap towards continuously improving the environmental footprint and circularity of its product portfolio."
"As Solvay's first-ever recycled-based [high-performance nylon] with 50 percent glass-fiber reinforcement, Omnix ReCycle is a real breakthrough in the market of [nylons] for household appliances," Global Marketing Manager Claire Guerrero said.
She added that the materials are ideal for brand owners and manufacturers who seek to increase the recycled content in their products without compromising dimensional stability, high stiffness, impact resistance and processability.
The recycled content of Omnix ReCycle saves resources and results in a significantly lower carbon footprint compared to virgin high-performance nylon, officials said, and as a result has 30 percent lower global warming potential.
In household appliances, the new materials deliver higher durability than provided by standard nylon resins, officials said. This helps OEMs reduce breakage and damage returns while meeting the growing awareness of consumers for longevity and lower environmental impact in their product choices.
Solvay's Omnix ReCycle resins can be processed on standard injection molding equipment. The materials are available worldwide.
Solvay is a global supplier of plastics and specialty chemicals. The firm employs more than 23,000 worldwide and posted sales of $10.8 billion in 2020.