Freudenberg Recycling Activities with Carpet Backings
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While keeping or enhancing the backing properties, Freudenberg has focused on using post consumer and post industrial recycled plastics as raw materials in carpet backing, and on eliminating polymers other than polyester from their backing so that the clean, one-material backing is easily recyclable. Freudenberg's ultimate goal is to produce from 100% recycled raw material and create no waste during manufacturing. This presentation describes the individual steps taken to realize these challenging goals. The up-to-date status worldwide is explained with examples. Difficulties encountered in this improvement process are listed, as well as solutions and actions to overcome them.