E-LOOP is the brand name for our more sustainable solutions and circular innovations.

E-LOOP covers all Circular Economy initiatives in terms of product, design and service.
Circular Plastics & Responsible Innovation are the strategic programmes of ELIX Sustainable Portfolio Solutions.
Let’s close the loop!

Our aim is to be a global leader of reference in the market of highly specialised thermoplastics. With this mission, we have played an active role in the transition towards a circular economy within the industry for years, making it one of the pillars of our business strategy.

We started to define our circular economy strategy in 2019, and to this end we have established a policy and action plan for 2020 -2023.


  • To offer top-of-the-line sustainable solutions in our markets, promoting the transformation of the value chain towards a circular economy model.


  • To be a driving force of the new plastics economy, participating in the redefinition of plastic waste as raw material.
  • To support an ecosystem of collaboration with companies who have common goals.


  • To establish collaborations for developing new business models, including opportunities stemming from our membership of Styrenics Circular Solutions
  • To offer innovative up-cycling solutions which preserve functionality in final customer applications in our ABS markets.


Innovation and circular economy: we make a difference

Circular economy is one of the pillars of our Sustainability Strategy and our Business Strategy


In the Circular Economy waste is a resource and collaboration is a means. Strategies that recover ABS or any sub-product, enhance recircularization and establish alliances along the value chain will position ELIX as a key player in a circular plastics industry able to create closed loops and new business models.

ELIX Sustainable Goal I. Promote a circular plastics economy system

  • Recover and reuse or recycle discharged ABS and ABS blend components and materials.
  • Use raw materials from renewable or recycled sources.
  • Strengthen collaboration along the value chain to create new circular business models.
  • Improve customer engagement and logistics to close material loops.
  • Improve transparency and traceability of flows.


ELIX will continue to develop a more sustainable portfolio in keeping with the high demands of the industry. ELIX will increase the amount of recycled material in their products, increase their product recyclability and reduce substances of concern.

ELIX Sustainable Goal I. Promote a circular plastics economy system

ELIX Sustainable Goal II. Strongly commit to Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

ELIX Sustainable Goal IV. Contribute to reducing biodiversity loss

  • Improve the sustainability of ELIX ABS materials.
  • Promote the design of reusable and recyclable products.


At ELIX we participate in international studies and projects related to circular economy, which often involve collaborations with other companies or organizations within our value chain.

A joint industry initiative to increase the circularity of styrenes. It involves the creation of new models of business and collaboration in order to recover styrene-based plastics for recycling.

A detailed analysis of the volume, management and recycling of ABS/SAN residue in member states of the European Union for the technical and economic evaluation of recovery and recycling opportunities. This is a joint initiative among European producers.
A European H2020 project whose main objective is to develop an economically viable and technically feasible recovery and recycling system for electrical and electronic waste (WEEE). In this initiative we collaborate with different industries and technological centres.

As a milestone in its circular economy strategy, ELIX Polymers has obtained the ISCC PLUS certification for its production facility in Tarragona, being the first producer of ABS and ABS blends that is certified with the ISCC PLUS system. ISCC PLUS certification is a global sustainability certification system that covers all sustainable feedstocks, including recycled and bio-based materials. This certification provides traceability along the whole supply chain. Mass balance approach is applied to support the circular economy, where ISCC PLUS verifies that the total amount of sustainable feedstock (input) is allocated to the equivalent amount of circular ABS or ABS blend plastic (output).

More information:

ISCC-PLUS Certificate

Portfolio of Solutions


The Value Sensitive Design (VSD) method, at the service of responsible innovation, has become a tool for customer service and customer loyalty

The Value Sensitive Design (VSD) method is a tool for continuous improvement based on criteria for the ecodesign of products. It takes into account a life cycle analysis to evaluate the impact of a product throughout its useful life, from its phases previous to production until its final elimination when its useful life has come to an end.

This method rates each solution with respect to a list of environmental (26), social (17) and economic (9) aspects to comply with. In this way, we can objectively compare the impact of different products. In the three years since we introduced this method, we have renewed our catalogue with newer, more sustainable solutions with greater diversity and quality in the thermoplastics market. Some products with halogenated components were discontinued, others were improved and some of our longstanding products were maintained.


We have invested in a dynamic catalogue which enables us to constantly adapt to both sustainability and market requirements

In 2019 we evaluated five new Value Sensitive Design projects. The CCP-UPC, with its design for flame retardant products without halogens, displayed the highest sustainable performance, with a significant reduction of environmental and social impact. The ABS product with high hydrolytic resistance had the lowest sustainable value, though its specificity and applicability in certain required uses gave it a higher added value. Again, as is the case with other products in our catalogue, by applying the Value Sensitive Design method, we ensure that our products have a positive environmental or social impact, even if it is minimal.

A more sustainable portfolio.


Close the loop

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