From sustainable growth to circular breakthroughs
At Covestro, our goal is to embed circular economic principles and to be a pioneer for the coating and adhesives industry. This means we set ourselves increasingly some of the toughest sustainability goals in our industry, not only because we have to, but also because we want to.
Challenge: going all out for circularity
On a planet of finite resources, the “take-make-waste” principle of the linear economy has to come to an end. This is why we are dedicated to opening new ways into tomorrow’s circular economy through diverse measures and collaborations along the value chain: by using alternative raw materials in our own production, by embracing the use of green energy, and by developing materials that can be recycled more easily.
Reaching full circularity, however, is especially challenging when it comes to coatings, inks, and adhesives. Because the materials themselves, once applied, usually cannot be recycled. This makes it even more important to lower their ecological impact as far as possible, and to turn them into enablers for new, highly sustainable technologies.
Status: materials that keep up the performance and minimize the carbon footprint
For decades, high-performance paints and coatings were almost always solventborne, with a carbon base coming exclusively from fossil resources. Breakthrough material innovations have proven that there is another way. A first step was the introduction of waterborne paints, using water as a solvent instead of oil. Following this, we were able to replace considerable parts of the fossil carbon content with carbon sourced from biomass, or by replacing them with plant-based materials without making compromises in terms of functionality or aesthetic appeal.
Our products such as Desmodur® eco, Bayhydur® eco, and Decovery® help our partners in the automotive, furniture, and other industries in their quest for more sustainable products and solutions. As a company, it’s a crucial part of our ethos and mission to take a leading role in transitioning toward a circular economy, both in our own products and helping our customers to make that transition, too.