Walki and SABIC ready circular polymers

Walki Group's chief executive Leif Frilund

The first packaging products made using the Walki Group’s circular polymers, which are created from recycled mixed plastics waste, will be delivered to customers later this year.

The Finnish firm, which makes more than 80 per cent of its products from renewable or recyclable materials, is working in partnership with SABIC and its goal is to reach 100 per cent by 2030, according to chief executive Leif Frilund.

The circular polymer is produced in tandem with SABIC by converting low value, mixed post-consumer plastic waste – otherwise destined for incineration or landfill – into finished certified polymers. The chemical structure of these is equivalent to a virgin polymer.

“Walki takes its responsibility for social and environmental impacts seriously. Being a partner in launching this major circular economy-related innovation, we will begin using circular polymers that have precisely the same qualities as raw material that is used for the very first time. In the beginning, the quantities are small, but our intention is to grow the usage of circular polymers as the production capacity of this new, sustainable and recycled raw material increases,” said Frilund.