Carbon dioxide partly replaces petroleum in plastics and synthetics
CO₂ as a new raw material – becoming a jack of all trades
Carbon dioxide shows an unfamiliar side: The gas, which is known as being problematic for the climate, can now be reused as a valuable material source in plastic production. For example, for more sustainable production of mattresses and sports floors. The novel CO₂ technology is also used in the automotive industry. And even clothing and building insulation could be manufactured this way in the future. Securely bound in plastic or synthetic materials, carbon dioxide will find its way into many products used in our daily lives.
This groundbreaking use of CO₂ is the result of the award-winning process we have developed with our partner RWTH Aachen. It is more than just technical innovation in plastics and synthetic production: This process conserves fossil fuels, such as crude oil, and reduces the amount of atmospheric carbon dioxide because the carbon from CO₂ is essentially being recycled. It’s an innovative contribution to resource conservation. And it also promotes the circular economy, which we are committed to as part of our Group-wide strategy.