Can we extend the life of a substrate that is made from renewable resources?

Can we extend the life of a substrate that is made from renewable resources?

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November 26th, 2020

Is there a way to extend the life of a substrate that is made from renewable resources?

New substrates and raw materials based on renewable sources are emerging worldwide. They are based on sources such as fruits, plants or waste from industrial processes. However, every brilliant idea behind these new materials encounters the same dilemmas: is it possible to find a balance between sustainability and what the market needs, and is there a way to extend the life of a renewable material without compromising sustainability?

Our renewable carbon-based polyurethanes:

One of the principles of circular economy states that an effective way to reduce waste is to keep products, components, and materials circulating in the economy for as long as possible. Leather is a good example of a material that can circulate in the system for many years, as long as we take good care of it.

Our commitment to minimizing the impact of our products has driven us to build a portfolio of polyurethanes based on renewable carbon that can improve the physical properties of a renewable substrate while maintaining its renewable content in the final article at the same time. Whether we are talking about bags, shoes, home furnishing or accessories, these products can actually improve abrasion, light fastness and weathering resistance. The renewable carbon-based polyurethanes portfolio was created to take renewable materials to the next level.

Our collaborations with start-ups

Reducing the effects of climate change is a key goal in Stahl’s ESG roadmap. Accelerating the replacement of fossil fuel-based raw materials with renewable carbon chemistry is a key element of that strategy.

In recent years, Stahl has worked closely with start-ups and innovation partners on building innovative solutions that can be commercialized. Together, we developed coating formulations based on the NuVera™ range of renewable carbon-based polyurethanes designing materials to be long lasting, timeless, and circular. The question of extending the life of a renewable material without compromising on sustainability has been answered.


Want to know more ? Read our Stahl Explains:

'What do we mean by a substrate?'
'Are biodegration and composting the same?'
'Are bio-based materials always biodegradable?'


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Can we extend the life of a substrate that is made from renewable resources?
Michael Costello
Group Director Environment, Social & Governance