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