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Ecorub

EcoRub emerges as a notable figure in the sustainability sphere, embodying a pioneering spirit committed to transforming recycling practices within the rubber and plastic sectors. Their primary objective? Establishing fresh avenues for recycling and distribution of reclaimed materials, all with a shared goal of fostering a more sustainable society.

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At EcoRub, the ethos revolves around replacing traditional virgin materials with recycled alternatives. This not only leverages existing resources but also adds significant value for their customers by offering materials with high recycling rates.

 

By mixing rubber powder from recycled tyres and PE plastic with a so-called co-polymer, the carbon chains bind both directions, meaning the rubber particle and plastic particle come together. This enables subsequent injection moulding, casting, extrusion, and the development of filament for 3D printing. Experimenting with the content allows for different blends to be created, resulting in materials with varying hardness and durability. It is also possible to grind the material again, allowing for adjustments to its properties. For example, to increase flexibility, more rubber can be added, while more plastic produces a harder product. It is also possible to colour the material. Despite the manufacturing process being relatively slow, it is highly specialised and effective. The applications for 3D printing range from consumer products to industrial. The Swedish company EcoRub has successfully developed a filament for 3D printing and has produced furniture, interior details, and accessories. EcoRub collaborates with a company in Malmö, in southern Sweden, which operates around 300 3D printers. EcoRub was founded in 1995 and has its factory in Lövånger, in norther Sweden.

The fact that only 4 % of plastic production undergoes recycling in noteworthy, highlighting the need for urgent reform. EcoRub’s dedication to diverting rubber and plastic waste from landfills is commendable and plays a crucial role in addressing climate change.

 

A fundamental aspect of EcoRub’s work lies in their efforts to facilitate circular responsibility within the manufacturing sector. Initiatives like Customer Circularity® empower companies to reintegrate their waste materials into their production processes, fostering circularity within their operations. This collaborative approach plays a crucial role in driving tangible change across industries.

 

With a focus on innovation and sustainability, EcoRub is actively contributing to a brighter, and more sustainable future for generations to come.

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