Sioen efforts: today’s products become tomorrow’s raw materials
Reclaiming raw materials from waste
Reclaiming raw materials from waste offers both environmental benefits as economic ones. Our vertically integrated structure allows us to recycle waste into new products. These innovations that we’ve introduced early 2000, signalled are a shift in our relationship with materials, away from a linear take-make-discard model to a more cyclical approach. Our product engineers and designers harvest alternative raw materials from industrial and domestic streams that otherwise would have been discarded as waste.
We’re recycling and reusing raw materials and energy throughout all the elements of the value chain. Because of the way we’re organised and the fact that we’re producing both yarns, fibres and textiles ourselves, we can master waste better and more efficiently. In our recycling unit at our Mouscron site, we recycle PES end of roll woven fabrics from our coating lines, PES trims in our weaving mills, waste and non-conform batches in our spinning mill. We do the same for our PP plants.
Sioen pond liners are a smart example of how PVC residue is the basis of a new sustainable Sioen product. We’re using this new secondary raw material in on our calandering line to produce special grade pond and sanitation liners.
Sioen colouring solutions and recycled PVC residue of the various coating plants are a great example of how today’s waste can be tomorrow’s raw materials. This material is engineered so that it can be reused as rubber blend for mud flaps for cars, trucks and trailers.
We’re selling the used packaging material to third parties, that use them to make plastic pallets and boxes for transportation. Which we use in turn in our apparel division for bulk transportation of goods.
Together with our supplier of packaging material, we have been looking for a sustainable packaging solution for the rolls of our direct coating plants.
We are selling the used packaging material to third parties that use them to produce plastic drain pipes for construction. Isn’t it great that packaging waste of your membrane for architecture also finds its way in architecture?
Our product GreenTecStyle® is a smart example of how Sioen mechanically recycled fabrics are the basis of a new sustainable Sioen product.
We’re using this new secondary raw material in the production of our GreenTecStyle®, a composite for vertical ecosystems. In other words, we try to close the loop.
The company transforms thousands of worn-out truck tarps every year into great designer bags.