Circulen Family of Sustainable Solutions
It is important to us to help our customers achieve circularity in their use of plastic packaging. To make this possible, we are continuously investing in technologies that span across molecular and mechanical recycling along with the use of renewable feedstocks. We are supporting the reduction of plastic waste through the use of recycled content, and a lower carbon footprint through the use of renewable-based content as compared to feedstock from fossil-based sources. LyondellBasell is now able to offer a new range of circular polymers under our Circulen polymer brand. This global portfolio is organized into three primary categories; CirculenRecover, CirculenRevive and CirculenRenew.
Recovering plastic waste from the environment (both pre and post-consumer waste), CirculenRecover uses a mechanical recycling process to produce recycled resins. By processing the plastic waste through the shortest recycling loop, a lower carbon footprint can be achieved.
Historically, recycled polymers have been associated with low-end applications and were often noted to be less durable or lower in quality. However, these mechanically recycled polymers, produced by our Quality Circular Polymers (QCP) joint venture, are a class on their own. CirculenRecover offers a consistent, high-quality recycled material that can be used in a number of applications, such as consumer rigid packaging and caps and closures.
Discover how QCP polymers were recently used to create products for brand owners in our latest Sustainability Report.
To learn more about LyondellBasell’s mechanical recycling investments, click here.
Using advanced (molecular) recycling technology, CirculenRevive polymers are on their way to becoming one of the solutions that can address at scale the challenge of hard-to-recycle plastics. With a wider selection of plastic waste to use, CirculenRevive can take plastic waste that is not easily recovered by mechanical recycling and convert it into a feedstock to produce new polymers. This allows for larger volumes of plastic waste to return back into the value chain as high-quality polymers while accomplishing a lower CO2 footprint.
LyondellBasell is developing its own advanced recycling technology to improve the ability to transform plastic waste to high-end quality polymers while improving the overall CO2 footprint. LyondellBasell established a molecular recycling pilot plant in Ferrara, Italy, which is processing household plastic waste at a rate of 5 to 10 kg an hour.
To learn more about LyondellBasell’s molecular recycling investments, such as MoReTec, click here.
With renewable-based raw materials, such as used cooking oil, as a feedstock, CirculenRenew offers a variety of polypropylene (PP) and polyethylene (HDPE and LDPE) grades that are equivalent to virgin resin quality while reducing fossil feedstock use and helping to reduce CO2 over the product life cycle. The renewable polymers offer the same properties in terms of product performance as well as regulatory approvals. CirculenRenew and CirculenRenew Plus products (or grades) can therefore be applied, with no restrictions, to the same applications as fossil-based equivalents offering the same properties and performance. This makes these new grades a perfect drop-in solution for applications like food packaging and/or high-quality requirement films such as surface protection films.
Discover how LyondellBasell is Advancing a Circular Economy through collaboration and technology investments, such as our collaboration with Neste to create these polymers, click here.