From petrol to renewable feedstock

Until the early 1900’s, climbing ropes where made from natural materials like abaca and hemp. When Dupont developed nylon ropes in 1935, these synthetic ropes proved to be much stronger. The introduction of the ‘kernmantel’ rope – a rope with a separate nylon core and sheath - in 1953, revolutionised fall prevention in climbing sports. The use of natural materials became quickly a thing of the past. In the years that followed, climbing sport further benefitted from the new properties synthetic materials gave to ropes:

  • Dynamic ropes in 1964
  • Water-repellent ropes in 1966
Polymers inspired by the outdoors

Clearly synthetic materials have great value to climbers. Yet, the chain to produce these materials is not sustainable. Crude oil is a limited resource, its production has massive impact on the planet, the production process of polymers is again an energy intensive process, …

Would it be possible to design a bio-based polymer for which the feedstock is grown next door, that is produced close to home, that is designed to be recycled and yet has all the performance of the synthetic polymers used since half a century ?

More cases

From virgin polymers  to recycled polymers

From virgin to
recycled polymers

Can recycled polymers be as performant as their virgin counterparts ?

From thermosets to thermoplastics

From thermosets to thermoplastics

Can a shoe sole be grippy and durable in its use but also recyclable at the end of its life ?

From designed to waste  to design for circularity

From designed
waste to circularity

Can a complex multi-layer and multi-material part like a ski be designed for circularity ?

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