During a visit to the Desso factory in the Netherlands recently, Global GreenTag’s Facilitated Audit team viewed the flooring manufacturer’s remarkable new ‘Life’ bitumen backed carpet tile recycling plant, a patented new process that marks an innovation milestone in global recycling technology.
The Life plant design was developed by Desso with a substantial grant from the European Union and is able to recover all of the original materials from a used tile product and separate them back into individual materials of high purity suitable for re-use into a variety of products, including more carpet tiles.
The Life plant design is also modular and is intended to be installed in multiple locations worldwide where stockpiles of used tiles are in substantial supply. The modular plants will be available to take competitor tiles as well as those made by Desso.
Evidence of the innovative thinking behind the Life plant also includes a brilliant solution for packaging the resultant nylon fibre. This is cleverly executed by melting a thin layer of the fibre and as it is cools the recycled material is bundled into sausage like rolls ready for storage and transport using nothing but the bundled material itself.
The whole Life system represents a major breakthrough in the flooring sector and is a further significant step towards the circular economy. Congratulations on both of these new technologies Desso!