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Plastic sheets with a lower environmental footprint

Through research projects and with the aim of offering sustainable solutions, we design plastic sheets with an increasingly small footprint.

We manufacture through ecodesign and optimize resources to offer high-quality plastic sheets that adapt to our customers’ expectations.

Lines of action to reduce the impact of our products

The life cycle of plastic, from oil extraction, refining, transformation, energy used, transportation from the supplier to the customer and even decomposition in the environment, has huge environmental impacts if not managed correctly. However, plastic replaces materials that are more harmful to the climate, and although some types of plastic have a larger carbon footprint than other types of packaging, less is needed, since plastic is light.

The largest part of the carbon footprint comes from the phases before the raw materials arrive at NUDEC (to manufacture one kilogram of plastic with virgin material, 3.5 kg of CO2 is emitted) and, although we optimize our process to make it as efficient as possible, the most important job is the selection of raw materials (and their transportation) that we use in our products. If we manufacture with recycled materials, by avoiding the first phase of the production process (extraction, refining and transportation), the carbon footprint is reduced by 49 %.

Non-fossil materials

Since 2021, NUDEC has produced the first transparent polycarbonate sheet in the plastics industry based on renewable non-fossil raw material from tall oil. The final product has a significantly smaller carbon footprint (by up to 61%) and reduces the use of fossil-based sources by up to 35 %.

Production material

Although it cannot be considered or certified as recycled plastic, we reuse all our offcuts from manufacturing and convert them into raw materials to reduce waste generation. Currently, there are no recycled material streams for the technical polymers we use in our products.

Recycled materials

Thanks to collaboration on technological development with our suppliers, we use recycled raw materials classified as post-consumer. The resulting plastic sheets are of high quality and maintain the same optical, mechanical and thermal characteristics as those manufactured with virgin raw material. This is how we contribute to the circular economy.

RC Product Range

One more step in the direction set out in our Cyrclus Ecosys program, which aims to save resources, minimize the environmental impact of our production and manufacture products that are as sustainable as possible. These plastic sheets contain 40-50% processed material from our own production. Offcuts from technical production are processed on site and reintroduced into the extrusion process, reducing waste and converting offcuts into raw material.

PET RC

PETG RC

PMMA RC

RW polycarbonate sheets

Using the mass balance approach, NUDEC manufactures plastic sheets with a high percentage of renewable raw materials with the same characteristics and quality as NUDEC PC in standard grade

ISCC PLUS (International Sustainability & Carbon Certification), a sustainability certification system which we use to establish traceability in the supply chains of renewable raw materials. By using this system, we are contributing to the change towards the circular economy and the bioeconomy, being transparent with our contributions.

The innovation of RQ products

Certified with ISCC+, like RW plastic sheets, these products are manufactured with raw materials recycled after use by the final consumer, giving them a high sustainability value by avoiding the need to manage them in landfills or incinerators, and replacing virgin fossil-based material in manufacturing.

This line of products is the one that best contributes to the circular economy since, through chemical recycling, it is possible to recover plastic waste generated by consumers that is highly degraded, that may contain contaminants or that is too complex to recover by other means.

There are various chemical recycling technologies (such as pyrolysis, solvolysis or enzymatic degradation) that make it possible to recover plastic and incorporate it into the circular economy, transforming it from a problem for sustainability to part of the solution. But, for this to happen, manufacturers, consumers and recyclers need to collaborate.