circulaire economie

A ‘factory of the future’ is circular. Whatever the motives are - reducing material costs, anticipating new laws, responding to changing customer demands, reducing the ecological footprint - in the long term companies will definitely move towards more circular business models. The learning network Circular Economy Connect is here to help you out.

The use of lightweight components stands or falls by the choice of materials. Product value, product costs, production costs, development costs and risks are however difficult to estimate when talking about less well-known materials such as composites. Moreover, the wide range of materials and processes makes selection even more difficult.

Early 2016, Sirris devoted several papers to the recycling of plastics, the circular economy and bioplastics as a sustainable alternative to plastic waste. In this context, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) recently reported that biodegradable plastics are currently no solution to marine litter. In fact, it’s our waste management on land that should be improved in the first place.

Manage the waste and surplus material flows in your own manufacturing company, because it can produce money. It’s done by reducing the size of waste heaps and reselling surplus materials, or indeed making better use of them. During our seminar on 26 October, Sirris and Agoria will be demonstrating the best ways of doing this.

A new, environmentally-friendly process for recycling saline waste water for the production of plastics, provides an outstanding example of how a closed cyclic approach can be applied in practice by industry. It also has a number of significant ecological benefits.