Innovative solutions for recycling polyurethane
Polynspire is a project that aims to demonstrate that polyurethane waste, among other materials, can be used to obtain new polyols, which can be applied primarily in the production of mattresses and furniture. This can be achieved through chemical recycling in combination with two different technologies involving magnetic particles and microwaves to increase the performance of the chemical recycling processes.
Boosting the performance of chemical recycling processes
With Polynspire, we seek recycling alternatives for polyurethane, a material that currently has a very low rate of recovery, in order to decrease the amount of this material that ends up in landfills.
The project will last four years and includes the participation of another 21 European companies and organizations within the framework of the SPIRE H2020 project.
Through innovative and efficient solutions, we can recycle plastic materials, both from post-consumer origin, which have reached the end of their useful life, as well from post-industrial origin, which was produced during the transformation process from raw materials to final products. One way of doing this is to use chemical recycling along with two different technologies, magnetic particles and microwaves.
The project will address 100% of the streams that contain waste, ensuring the recycling of at least 50% of the total plastics containing polyurethane, which will reduce between 30% and 40% direct and indirect CO2 emissions compared to the virgin polymer.
This project is based on three innovative pillars
The benefits of Polynspire in figures
of fossil fuels in the case of polyurethane
of fossil fuels in the case of polyamide
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What is circular economy?
It is a production and consumption model that ensures sustainable growth over time, promoting the optimization of resources.