Plans are to create a version of DSM’s Dyneema fiber from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) plastic waste. (Photo courtesy DSM Protective Materials.)
Plans are to create a version of DSM’s Dyneema fiber from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) plastic waste. (Photo courtesy DSM Protective Materials.)

Chemical giants DSM and Sabic have partnered to create a version of DSM’s Dyneema fiber from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) plastic waste.

DSM will produce the fiber from the plastic using Sabic’s certified circular ethylene and a mass balance approach, which allows the companies to track the amount of recycled content in the products. In two pilot projects, the fiber will be used to make a sailing rope and a fishing trawl net.

‘By working with partners from across the value chain, we are able to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the world’s strongest fiber – and we will continue to explore ways of reducing and eliminating waste across the entire product lifecycle,’ said Jan-Lodewijk Lindemulder, president of DSM protective materials.

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