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      Alternative Raw Materials – Resources of the Future

      Carbon – the foundation of all life – is the basis for manufacturing the plastics used everywhere in modern living. Going forward, Covestro aims to make plastics out of alternative raw materials, bringing more sustainability into production. With forward-looking solutions like this, we’re playing a major part in the Circular Economy.

      Biomass, CO₂, recycled used materials: To Covestro, these aren't waste. They're the raw materials of the future. These renewable resources provide carbon, which, ideally, should move in a cycle, not be emitted as a waste gas into the earth's atmosphere.

      Explore our approaches!
      End-of-life materials
      Biomass as a raw material
      Co₂ as a raw material

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      CO₂ as a valuable raw material

      Cardyon®: transforming carbon dioxide into an alternative raw material

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      Find out more about foams for the automotive industry that can reduce carbon footprints by approximately 20% by using CO₂.

      Driving with CO₂

      Find out more about partly bio-based materials that can reduce carbon footprints by approximately 20% while still maintaining excellent performance.

      Makrofol® EC Desmopan® eco

      Find out more about our polycarbonate grades from post-consumer recycled (PCR) content such as water bottles, CDs and automotive lighting.

      PCR products

      Covestro wants to use these alternative resources to replace the fossil materials the chemical and plastic industries rely on, such as oil. This step forward will further reduce the burning of harmful greenhouse gases like CO₂. Today, our company is supplying a growing number of products manufactured from alternative materials for different applications and industries.

      Moving into the future, we strive to use alternative raw materials and sustainable production methods to advance the Circular Economy, a large-scale project that belongs to society as a whole. Accompanied by using clean energy sources, such as wind power for our plants and manufacturing processes. Relying on renewable energy for production ensures that the use of biomass, CO₂, and recycled materials is genuinely sustainable. It's just another way we aim to eliminate fossil fuels and make our production processes fit for the future.

      Covestro Home Office Talks

      Corona: opportunity or threat to sustainable development?

      With Michael Carus (Founder & Managing Director, Nova Institut) and Christoph Gürtler (Head of Catalysis and Technology Incubation, Covestro)

      Going circular with climate gas CO2

      Prof. Dr. Kurt Wagemann (Executive Director, DECHEMA) and Dr. Jochen Norwig (Senior Project Manager CO2, Covestro)

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