The problem of particulate matter is a hot topic as can be derived from the introduction of LEZ zones in some cities. The origin of fine dust is complex. Not only do wood and coal stoves cause the emission of soot particles, the increasing car and bus transport also causes quite some pollution in cities.

A new coating based on rapeseed oil can provide temporary protection against corrosion in extreme sea conditions or high humidity.

The pressure on products of fossil origin is increasing and bio-based alternatives are gaining in importance, but there is still a lot of work to be done. This is no different in the coating industry. Early this year we kicked off the project 'Bio-based coatings: an opportunity for a sustainable company and world'.

Policy-makers, companies, NGOs ... the whole of society agrees that we need to make material cycles circular, invest in life cycle extension, regeneration, sharing systems, etc. On the Day of Circular Economy it became clear once again that the industry plays an essential role. Interface is now accepting the challenge.

Worldline, European leader in the payments and transactional services industry, and major manufacturer of payment terminals, has taken action to reduce its environmental impact by reviewing its processes and products. The company worked with Sirris and Agoria to reduce both costs and eco-impact, putting a process of continuous improvement in place in line with the ambitious CSR policy of the Worldline Group (formalised in its Trust 2020 ambition programme).

Vaude, German manufacturer of strong outdoor shoes, redesigned the entire 2018 summer collection and hereby reduces the footprint of its products. In part, this is due to the use of (more) sustainable materials and innovative technologies, such as a seamless upper.

Shrinking raw material stocks, rising prices ... the figures prove it all, the need for a circular economy is growing. However, this change also brings some interesting opportunities.

Sirris is active in the development of new products for companies and startups.

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Companies going for cleantech and eco-compliance deserve to be supported in several ways. The impact resulting from such a choice should not be underestimated and is actually essential for the future.