28 May 2019

The Circular Economy and its implementation in the Purinova company

There are companies that say a lot about their pro-ecological activities, and they do not do much. There are also those that based their core business and the mission of action on the philosophy of the circular economy - feeling that it is in line with the environment and for the sake of it, and also economically justified. Purinova is such a company.

The world is changing at an amazing pace. It happens so quickly that the development we can observe was called the 4th industrial revolution. The global consumer needs are growing exponentially to the increasing population and wealth of societies. On the other hand, natural resources are increasingly limited and valuable. If we add to this growing consumer awareness about the state of the environment and the risks caused by irresponsible consumption, we will obtain a very complicated picture of the business environment in which we have to operate.

The idea of ​​the Circular Economy is the answer to the challenges.  This concept relies on the rational and effective use of resources and minimizing the adverse impact of manufactured products on the environment. The CE assumes that materials and raw materials should remain in circulation as long as possible and waste production should be kept to a minimum.

In short - the current production process was linear and ended in a landfill, in accordance with the principle "take - produce - consume - discard", in which waste was often considered as the last stage of the product life cycle. In the circular economy, it is essential to consider waste, if it is created, as secondary raw materials, collected and managed properly.
The Circular Economy and its implementation in the Purinova company

The transition to the circular economy is a major challenge in the global economy for the coming years, also in the chemical industry. Hence, a number of activities are undertaken in this area on the global level.

The Circular Economy was one of the main topics of the Davos World Economic Forum organized by the World Economic Forum. The European Union is undertaking numerous initiatives to promote the concept of action based on the CE. In Poland, in turn, ongoing work on the creation of the so-called road map of transformation towards the circular economy.

There is a lot of talk about the CE concept, but it is not a new idea. Our company has been manufacturing in a closed cycle for a long time, implementing the CE principles at the level of product design and production. How?

NTPP (New Technology Polyester Polyols) is a range of products made with the use of side-streams. NTPP contain a minimum of 70% recycled raw materials. NTPP products are quality tested at a competitive price with a wide range of applications - including in PIR panels, HR foam and viscoelastic or in polyurethane adhesives.

Another activity of our company based on the CE concept involves actions towards chemical recycling of by-products of our customers' production. Like other plastics, many polyurethane products can be recycled, which makes it possible to recover the material's specific value. This project is currently being tested and we hope that the process of recycling polyurethanes from the laboratory stage will soon be transferred on a commercial scale.

The CE concept primarily aims at a more rational using of resources, impoverishment of the polyurethane waste stream coming out of enterprises, as well as allowing the disposal of huge tonnage of waste already on landfills, i.e. evident environmental benefits. Not only that.  In the case of Purinova, it aims at increasing the innovation of our company and increasing its competitiveness in relation to other companies operating on the market, and globally - leading to the creation of a sustainable, low-emission, resource-efficient and competitive economy.


Author: Jagoda Grod
Project Manager w Purinova