Henkel Adhesive Technologies, a global supplier of adhesives, sealants, and functional coatings, announced the winner of its Seal the Cycle initiative. The aim is to find technology solutions enabling the recycling or reusing of the millions of silicone cartridges for adhesives and sealants applications marketed around the globe, annually.
The initiative is complementary with Henkel’s sustainability ambitions and underlines the company’s commitment to further drive progress toward a circular economy.
Henkel and its partner for this initiative, Chile Global Ventures, selected six companies from a total of 27 submissions, following a four-months process, to present their solutions in a Pitch Day. A jury of senior executives from Henkel awarded the company CRDC Global Limited (CRDC).
Founded in 2018, CRDC has the mission to create value from the world’s plastic waste by converting it into RESIN8, an Eco-Aggregate that improves concrete. This presented technology has the potential to address the challenge of recycling millions of used silicon cartridges.
“The Seal the Cycle initiative has been a real challenge as we aim to create an impact at global scale,” said Marcos Kulka, CEO at Fundación Chile. “It was key for us to collaborate with Henkel an adhesives supplier to identify the best start-ups for the specific requirements in plastic recycling.”
CRDC’s patented solution enables to convert the cartridges into a fine grain synthetic lightweight aggregate for further use across the industry — for example in products that improve insulation, reduce weight, and lower water absorption. These features are particularly beneficial in the production of cementitious based building blocks for sustainable and affordable housing.
Among others, CRDC used the RESIN8 technology in 2021 to build social housing in Costa Rica in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Henkel nominated the RESIN8 technology for its innovative potential to increase the affordability of construction products using less materials and reducing weight while maintaining the key properties of strengths.
“We’re inspired by our mission to create value from the world’s plastic waste and by our commitment to regenerative design – where the output is greater than the sum of the inputs – which remains at the core of our mission,” said Donald Thomson, Founder and CEO of CRDC. “Winning the Seal the Cycle is a major step on our journey to contribute to the world’s transformation toward sustainable development. We want to thank Henkel and Chile Global Ventures for their leadership in this important area. Winning this award underscores the importance of working collaboratively with the private sector, governments, NGOs, and other startups to achieve better economic, environmental, and social outcomes for all.”
“We are very proud about the tremendous outcome of our unique international Seal the Cycle challenge,” added Roberto Pavez, regional development manager at Henkel. “First of all, we need to thank Chile Global Ventures for their great support. And secondly, we are impressed about the high level of innovation capabilities the participants have provided. It really has been difficult to nominate a winner among all proposals. We finally selected CRDC due to its unique combination of environmental and social benefits that increase the affordability of climate resilient housing especially in the developing world.”