Borealis AG is delving into two different programs involving recycled materials in packaging.
First, the resin giant introduced a new portfolio of circular polyolefin products, produced with renewable feedstock derived entirely from waste and residue streams.
These streams include waste from vegetable oil production as well as oil waste and residues; from the timber industry and, for example, cooking oil from the food industry.
The Vienna-based company has launched the new product range under the brand name Bornewables.
The Bornewables products, the company said, have the same properties and offer the same material performance as virgin polyolefins, yet with a reduced carbon footprint. Suitable for the full range of applications, including hygiene and food-contact, customers now have a readily available alternative to conventional fossil fuel-based feedstocks — allowing users to lower the carbon footprint of their own products without having to compromise on quality or performance.
While fossil fuel-based feedstocks will continue to be a mainstay of international Borealis polyolefins production operations, the company said significant strides have been made towards the use of more sustainable feedstocks in large-scale commercial manufacture.
In March 2020, for example, Borealis began producing polypropylene based on renewably sourced feedstocks, such as Neste-produced renewable propane, at its Belgian facilities in Kallo and Beringen.
The entire Bornewables portfolio has been ISCC Plus certified. This certification system ensures the traceability of the renewable, sustainably produced feedstock from its point of origin through the entire chain of custody.