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A Circular Economy for Plastics

Exploring new approaches to plastics recycling and resource efficiency

Increasing awareness of limited natural resources has generated support for the circular economy as a necessary alternative to the current linear economic model. Clariant has therefore launched a global circular plastics economy initiative, highlighting circularity as one of the key sustainability topics at Clariant. We at Clariant Additives are striving to support our customers in this field and we want to contribute to a circular plastics economy with our solutions.

Our contribution

1. Improving our Additives

Supporting the industry with circular compatible solutions and with designing products viable for separation, recovery.

2. Improving Recyclability

Creating more efficient cycles across the value chains by helping to improve yield, limit or avoid degradation, discoloration and odor.

3. Improving consumption

Increasing responsible consumption with the use of renewables to help reduce CO2 emissions caused by fossil resources.

Our success so far confirms that we are on the right track


Our stories

Terra Line
Renewable feedstock alternatives to fossil-based solutions
Based on non-food-competing renewable feedstock, Clariant’s certified sustainable biomass-based flame retardants, waxes and adhesives help to reduce fossil resource intensity and enable more sustainable material choices.
Bio-based additives
Expanding the potential and reach of biopolymers
Advancing plastics recycling to reach global goals
One of the most important Sustainable Development Goals the international community pursues concerns better handling of resources and waste. New methods of plastics recycling, often called advanced recycling, can substantially contribute – and so can Clariant by improving their chemistry.
25th Anniversary
The ignition for Clariant’s sustainability passion
It’s a bold claim indeed but one for which our halogen-free flame retardant for plastics, Exolit® OP, proudly takes credit.
What cookies, pasta and plastics (now) have in common
When making cookies or homemade pasta, it’s natural to reuse scraps of leftover dough by adding them to fresh dough. Similar scraps are generated during the production of plastic films. Putting this »dough« to the same good circular use is difficult, however – unless it’s »sprinkled« with one of our special EcoCircle additives.

Together towards a circular economy

Founding Member
Alliance to End Plastics Waste
Ending plastic waste is ambitious. But it is through collaboration and collective action that this complex problem can be solved.
Joined in 2021
EU Circular Plastics Alliance
The alliance aims to enhance plastics recycling in line with the objectives of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan and the Green Deal program.
Polyolefin Circular Economy Platform
PCEP is committed to transforming from a linear to a circular economy based on three principles: designing out waste; keeping products and materials in use; and recycling into high-quality new raw materials.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development
Member companies and WBCSD are accelerating the development of business solutions for challenges with energy, food systems, nature, living spaces, mobility, circular economy, and social impacts.

Clariant's initiatives

Discover EcoCircle – our circular plastics economy initiative
Portfolio Value Program
Sustainability designators in product names help customers to make decisions
The journey to a better tomorrow starts by addressing challenges today. We live in a world today faced with a growing number of critical issues and increasing demands.

Strong partners to lead the change

  • 2019年09月19日
    Clariant additives enabling recyclability of plastics waste while sustaining valuable properties
    Through a “Symphony of Collaboration” with partners along the full plastics value chain, Clariant is taking proactive steps in addressing the problem of plastic pollution with new solutions for diverse industry sectors, from packaging – the main use of plastics – to textile floorings and consumer electronics. Complementing its “fit for reuse” solutions announced August 21 where Clariant demonstrated how its additives are recyclable, it now showcases the next level, turning the spotlight on how its additives can make it easier to recycle post-production and post-consumer plastic waste while keeping the material’s performance properties.
  • 2019年08月21日
    科莱恩正在按照6月底宣布的计划采取行动,通过推出新的解决方案并采取积极的措施,来应对塑料污染的挑战,以期通过“协作交响乐”(Symphony of Collaboration)计划打造更具可持续性的塑料行业。为了支持塑料行业的发展,科莱恩推出了环境兼容型解决方案,并设计了易于分离、回收和再利用的材料和产品。应对这一挑战的方法之一是改进我们的添加剂,使其适合重复使用,同时避免材料性能退化。
  • 2018年11月06日
    Clariant and Neste join forces to develop sustainable industrial solutions
    Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals, has signed an agreement for a new partnership with Neste, the world’s leading provider of sustainable renewable diesel and an expert in delivering drop-in renewable chemical solutions. By using Neste’s renewable hydrocarbons in its product development, Clariant increases the number of products in its portfolio that are derived from renewable raw materials. As a result, sustainable solutions become more accessible to a variety of industries, including adhesives, plastics and coatings.
  • 2019年10月18日
    Clariant launches new bio-based additives to reduce resource consumption in plastic loops at K 2019
    Clariant unveils new high-performance additives promoting reduction in the consumption of fossil resources, to support the creation of value chain cycles which utilize viable and sustainable renewable sources and combat climate change.

Clariant Sustainability Designators – highlighting and promoting sustainability with trade name suffixes

  • Renewable Feedstock​
    Products with significant (at least 50% RCI) content based on renewable resources with a mass-balance certification or real renewable content
  • Circular Economy
    Products with the primary purpose to support our customers and/or the value chain in reduce, re-use or recycle plastic products, showcasing a beneficial performance
  • Natural Ingredients
    Products from natural origin with real renewable content at least 98% RCI

Our business lines

  • 高性能添加剂
    适用于塑料和涂料行业的添加剂解决方案。我们从单一组分开始,解决了诸多挑战,例如光、热和氧保护以及阻燃性和工艺稳定性,这些仍是我们产品组合的基础。我们密切关注客户并分析市场需求,同时利用自身长期积累的专业经验和深厚的技术知识来开发特种添加剂产品组合,该组合专门针对特定细分市场和应用的需求而进行了设计和优化。 只需简单添加即可从诸多好处中获益,我们称之为 »AddWorks« - 只因物如其名。作为可靠且经过测试的即用型解决方案,我们的 AddWorks 产品系列降低了总体成本和工艺复杂性,使您能够将更多的精力关注自身的业务发展。发现这些产品系列为您的业务提供诸多机会,并在您的市场中取得切实的成效!
  • 阻燃剂
    阻燃剂通过减缓或阻止火势蔓延或降低其强度来帮助拯救生命。它们用于从电话和窗帘到汽车座椅和建筑物的各种物品中。科莱恩不含卤素的阻燃剂在德国、瑞士和中国均按现代标准生产。他们的品牌名称 Exolit® 已成为可持续消防安全的代名词。
  • 先进表面解决方案

Learn more about sustainability at clariant

Whether the world must become sustainable is a question we’ve long stopped asking ourselves. We are much too busy working on how this can be done. We have set out with passionate people, to create leading-edge operations and innovative solutions that mean progress for everyone today while sustaining the world for our children tomorrow.
Bio Economy
Our commitment...
to a sustainable and circular bio-economy reflects our goals to develop innovative, sustainable, and bio-based chemicals, as well as achieve our ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets.

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