Making the complex simple
Traditionally, the underside of a carpet is formed of a series of layers glued together and usually attached to latex. When carpet is discarded, the time and effort required to separate these layers while ensuring they remain a good enough quality for recycling is simply too great.
Enter Niaga Technology: a way of making products like carpet using just one non-toxic material – which in turn enables a 100% recyclable carpet, produced with up to 90% less energy.
A win-win for the environment
At DSM we’ve aligned our strategy specifically with five of the UN Sustainable Development Goals agreed in 2016. In the case of Niaga Technology that means ensuring healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all - at all ages (SDG 3), responsible production & consumption (SDG 12), and climate action (SDG13).
Some 4.5 billion square meters of carpet is wasted each year. Not only does this equate to throwing away a valuable resource (up to $6 billion per year in material value alone for the US); it also has an adverse effect on nature by going to landfill sites, for example.
The alternative is to burn it. Most industrial incinerators operate at temperatures of 850 degrees C or higher. Aside from causing huge carbon emissions (which in turn contribute to further global warming), they can release potentially harmful dioxins, and require intensive management.
Niaga Technology mitigates both these environmental problems.