Alucha and AkzoNobel are collaborating on technology that turns paper sludge into resources for making paint.
Alucha has developed a technology that recovers calcium carbonate - a mineral that goes into things like plastics, paper, and paints - from paper waste. Paper sludge, which is what's left of paper once the fibers have broken down so much that it cannot be recycled anymore, is the paper industry's biggest waste stream.
What AkzoNobel finds especially exciting about Alucha's technology is that the calcium carbonate recovered from paper sludge is an essential raw material we use in our paint. This non-commodity supply offers a relatively low cost and efficient way to make products more sustainable and circular.
Participating in the circular economy - which AkzoNobel is keen to do - means reducing or eliminating waste and continual use of resources. It certainly helps to find new and more sustainable sources like this one made possible by Alucha.