Move 4earth® project

Objectives of the project

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The demand for recycled plastics is growing in all European markets
 - Good environmental performances 
 - Lower dependency to fossil resources which prices are rather volatile and constantly increasing. 

Regulations are pushing for more recycling and less landfilling in Europe. The directive 2000/53/EC sets a 85% target by 2015 for reuse and recycling of post consumer cars, but no sustainable solutions exist for airbags

Industrial process


Project figures & steps

  • More than 70% of car airbags are made of silicon-coated polyamide in Europe
  • More than 125,000 tons of end-of-life wastes deposit worldwide
  • Up to 10,000 tons of post-industrial airbag wastes per year in Europe

- September 2012: Project launching
- 2013-2014: Process engineering and validation
- 2015: Demonstrator construction
2016: Industrial demonstration of the recycling process completed and Move 4earth® Unit Grand Opening

Main actions

The main actions of the project can be summarized as follows:
  • design and build the demonstrator
  • validate and optimize the recycling process
  • demonstrate valorization streams for By Products (i.e. silicone coating residuals)
  • assess the environmental impacts of the process and the benefits of the newly created recycling stream based on a Life Cycle Analysis methodology
  • confirm the potential use of the Move 4earth® technology to recycle various types of technical textile wastes

Move 4earth® in a nutshell