Earlier this month CI.N took a look at the industry’s record to date on sustainability reporting, cleaner battery innovation and recycling efforts, plus the clothing market’s record on reducing its footprint on the planet. In this part two analysis we take a look at the efforts to tidy up lasting carbon fibre wastage, the amount of rubber going to landfill and touch on the production of nutritional goods too… Dating back to 2015, this image depicts just some of the waste from one Far Eastern factory producing for the bike industry Carbon: a thorn in the recycling effort
Notoriously hard to give new life to once the consumer has decided the product’s life has come to an end ( but not impossible ), carbon fibre has been a difficult material to make any environmental claims on and very few brands openly discuss end of life here. What’s more, production of the virgin material is energy intensive, making up 90% of the energy used to create a product.
When CI.N explored this subject a few years ago, CFK Recycling of Germany kept emerging as a name that those in the business making genuine efforts tended to lean on. Operational since 2011, the boss Tim Rademacker told us at the time “for the bicycle business we recycle 15 tonnes per annum” in a process that reclaims the fibres via chemically separating the glues used to hold them together.
Most recently, the SRAM Group appears to have begun to take the issue seriously […]