The business case
Electrolux has developed applications for recycled plastics over the last five years - transforming post-consumer plastics into a high-quality plastic that is optimized for use in appliances. We are also exploring more complex applications, and redesigning components to suit recycled material.
- Traceability of the source of plastics.
- Securing consistent, safe, high-quality material.
- Access to sufficient volumes
Overcoming these challenges requires strategic partnerships with suppliers of recycled plastic and strong internal capabilities. Specific requirements have been added to the Electrolux Restricted Materials List, covering our restrictions on hazardous substances.
Amount of recycled plastic (Tonnes)
|Growth of recycled plastics
Electrolux increased its use of recycled plastic by more than 50% per year on average since 2012, achieving 7,400 tonnes in 2016. The forecast is that we can reach about 20,000 tonnes annually by 2020. Solid line: performance up until 2016; dotted line forecast until 2020.
Increasing the share of recycled steel and drastically lowering the carbon footprint
Carbon steel can be made from iron ore, steel scrap or a mix of the two. In addition to making use of scrap, recycled steel releases much less CO2 per tonnes produced. Electrolux has increased the amount of recycled steel from 7% in 2013 to 22% in 2016, which has reduced the average carbon emissions per tonnes of steel from 2.1 to 1.8 tonnes of CO2, and the total CO2 emissions by 170,000 tonnes.
1 We do not include polyurethan foam in the target since there are today no viable recycled alternatives for PU foam.