Materials developed with their end-of-life in mind are the perfect place to start when designing for a circular economy.
Dr. Gayatri Keskar shares two materials that respond to this idea through their composition.
The first is a glaze made from natural sap and resin, and is compatible with various ceramic surfaces. The second is an additive which allows black plastics to be recognized by sorting machines as recyclable.
Curious about the materials?
MC 1062901 / Ott: Another paradigmatic ceramic is a system for recycling ceramic materials with an alternative glazing material. It is a natural sap and resin from Korean lacquer trees that has been widely used for glazing woodenware in the past and can now be used on any type of ceramic, such as earthenware, stoneware, terracotta, and porcelain for the first time.
MC 580814 / REC-NIR BLACK20 is a carbon black-free black additive that allows plastics to be recycled rather than incinerated or sent to landfills, thus enabling the reuse and repair of black packaging waste, supporting the circular economy.