Project objective: This project is targeted at identifying a technologically, economically and ecologically feasible recycling route for advanced PLA grades.

Project Partners: Fontys Expertise Center Circular Transition, Donkersloot Trade

Project Timeline: 24 november 2021 – 23 november 2022


Project Summary

Retour mainly focuses on consumer behavior towards the return of sustainable products and in particular the return of recyclable carpets. The partners represent the entire chain, from design, production, sales and logistics. The role of consumer behavior in the recycling of sustainable products is central to this project, without losing sight of the technical possibilities and economic feasibility. Within this research and development project, Arapaha BV and Donkersloot Trade BV want to set up a collaboration with Fontys Hogescholen (Circular Transition Expertise Center, the Applied Psychology degree program and the Circular Economy minor). Arapaha BV provides input for the materials passport, facilitates repair and reuse and/or applies molecular recycling of returned goods. Donkersloot BV and Phenomena BV investigate the design and market aspects, such as distribution and return logistics from the end user. Arapaha BV will carry out recycling tests in accordance with the CuRe technology and Fontys will take on the question of influencing consumer behavior, as well as the elaboration of the materials passport and a business model. The end result of this project consists – in addition to an intervention for influencing the behavior of the end user, of a materials passport and advice with regard to a (replicable) business model. The findings will be shared with other SME companies in North Brabant and Limburg during a closing event – ​​via the network of the parties involved – and published in a trade journal to be determined.


We are very grateful for the support we have received from the Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek SIA (Regieorgaan SIA), part of the Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NOW)

Read more on consumer behavior below (in Dutch).

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