French sports and outdoor retailer, Decathlon, has chosen a solution based on recycled materials for the production of its new portable beach volleyball stand. The company was seeking to create a durable, robust and sturdy product with materials with the smallest carbon footprint possible.
In close cooperation with Albis, a globally operating distributor of technical thermoplastics and thermoplastic elastomers, and following an intensive material analysis, the decision was made to use LyondellBasell’s CirculenRecover polymers. As part of the company’s Circulen product range, these materials are wholly derived from post-consumer plastics, that are sorted, shredded, washed, mixed and recompounded into HDPE raw material.
The solution met all quality requirements, offered a competitive price-performance ratio and a lower CO2 emissions level compared to virgin HDPE, according to Anne Le Duc, Material Manager at DECATHLON. “In cooperation with the Albis team, we have already shown several times that plastic waste is a valuable resource. We are also working with developers to ensure that the plastic article can be recycled over and over again.”