28. Jan 2020
Arkema is developing innovative and sustainable solutions for the sports market. At the upcoming ISPO fair in Munich, which takes place from January 26 to 29, 2020, the company will be presenting its range of high-performance Pebax elastomer products.
Backed by over 70 years of expertise in chemistry derived from castor oil, Arkema has successfully developed new, high-performance, bio-based materials for its Pebax® brand used in the sports industry, especially shoes and textiles. “Pebax Powered” equipment is recognized worldwide for its exceptional lightness and outstanding energy return, as well as its toughness and flexibility.
In addition to its sustainable approach to materials, Arkema has also committed to taking an ambitious approach to becoming a responsible manufacturer to limit its environmental impact. The company participates in voluntary initiatives for the rational use of resources in its production activities and contributes to the sustainable development objectives of the United Nations.
For example, Arkema was one of the founding companies of the Pragati project in 2016. This program established the goal of providing Indian farmers with the means necessary to continue sustainable castor bean cultivation, increase their earnings thanks to better agricultural yields, improve their working conditions, and protect the environment through reduced water consumption and better waste management. It has enabled more than 2,700 farmers to be trained in best agricultural practices: more than 3,000 personal protective equipment items (gloves and masks) and 3,000 pesticide storage boxes have been distributed, and 5,400 metric tons of castor beans have been certified as “sustainable” by independent agencies. The results were so encouraging that the partners decided to extend the program to 2022.
Moreover, in the fall of 2019, Arkema also announced a new regeneration program for high-performance polymers. In partnership with Agiplast, a pioneer in the manufacture and regeneration of technical plastic compounds, the Group has created a new program to recycle high-performance polyamides and PVDF fluoropolymers. This new Virtucycle™ recycling program represents a virtuous cycle that allows customers to partner with Arkema in open-loop and closed-loop initiatives for post-industrial and post-consumer recycling projects for its specialty polymers.