DSM⩫Niaga ̶ develops recyclable carpets and technology
Every year approximately 4.5 billion square meters of carpet is produced worldwide, making it a major contributor to landfill. In 2014, Life science and Dutch material science company DSM and start-up Niaga set up a joint venture to develop fully recyclable carpets for the worldwide market. Now they are selling the technology they developed to other carpet manufacturers.
Chemical concern DSM and startup Niaga (Again in reverse) have developed carpet material which can be fully restored to its original form in an economically viable way and without compromising on quality.
The new technology not only also cuts production costs; it also reduces energy and water use compared to traditional methods. Either pure polyester is used or polyester combined with wool or nylon fixed together with reversible adhesives, so that they can be separated after use. The polyester can then be turned into granules, which serve as the raw material for new carpet tiles. Niaga’s mission is to redesign everyday products in collaborations with various manufacturers for fully recyclable alternatives.
To further refine their technology, DSM-Niaga is collaborating with other manufactures. Together with Lacom GmbH, a world leader in laminate flooring, DSM-Niaga has developed a machine which uses 90% less energy than traditional lamination processes and reduces water use to zero.