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A circular building economy

04 February 2020

Recycling manufactured goods is becoming crucial due to constant population growth, dwindling resources, and climate change issues.

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When assessing the contribution of a product to the circular economy one needs to assess several aspects.

1st What happens to the product itself after its use? Is it closed-loop or open-loop recycled?

2nd What other secondary materials can be recycled into the product? Are those materials upcycled or downcycled?

3rd Is there a scarcity associated with the use of additional primary raw materials and what is the efficiency of the use of those materials?

1st Closed loop recycling of our own sustainable products

To move away from the consumption method, the circular economy reduces our material footprint by re-using materials efficiently and profitably. To have a resource-efficient world we need to provide the most durable products while simultaneously using the least amount of resources.

  • None of our factories send stone wool waste to landfill
  • Get a sustainable closed-loop product
  • Stone wool is a reusable, fully recyclable material

130 000 tonnes of stone wool were collected for recycling in 2018.  We don’t down cycle, in fact, it can be recycled again and again...

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Closed loop recycling of Rockfon products

To move away from the current more linear consumption method, the circular economy reduces our material footprint by re-using materials efficiently and profitably.

2nd Upcycling of waste from other industries

A complete understanding of the reuse options for a recycling stream (secondary material) needs to be considered when evaluating the sustainable profile of a product.

  • We upcycle waste from other industries and create value, stopping them from being sent to landfills. We make great use of waste material
  • We don’t divert any scares resources away from other industries
  • We heavily contribute to the circular economy

3rd Natural & self-recreating primary resources

Stone wool is an abundant resource and sustainable construction material. Discovered in Hawaii at the beginning of the nineteenth century, our stone is a natural by-product of volcanic activity that is melted and then spun into natural fibres.

  • Earth produces 38,000 times more stone material than is used to make ROCKWOOL stone wool annually.
  • The stone is used very efficiently by us as 1 cubic meter of stone can correspond to 2,200m2 or eight tennis courts of ceiling tiles
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Upcycling waste from other industries

As we at Rockfon produce more new products than we get back for closed loop recycling, we need additional raw material. For this we upcycle materials that would otherwise be landfilled.