The strength and design flexibility offered by composite materials make them a highly attractive option for many manufacturers. At the moment, however, 85% of composites are neither reused nor recycled at the end of their life. Instead, the materials end up in landfill, adding to the world’s growing refuse problem. The Sustainable Composites Partnership brings together industry, academia and government to transform the scene.
Using CPI’s expertise in formulation and materials scale-up alongside NCC’s knowhow in composite design and through-life performance, the initiative is accelerating the development of new recycling technologies in the UK and creating new sustainable composites made from bio-based materials including vegetable waste and algae. Working with partners, the initiative is already starting to build a supply chain from raw material suppliers to end-of-life recycling with the ability to deliver the next generation of sustainable composites by 2040.