No planet B
There is only one planet Earth, yet by 2050, the world will be consuming as if there were three. Recent investigations by the EU showed some alarming projections: global resource consumption is expected to double in the next 40 years, and annual waste generation is likely to increase with 70% by 2050. The construction industry accounts for about 50% of all extracted resources, and generates roughly 35% of the EU's total waste.
100% circular in 2050, are you ready?
The only way forward is with a smaller footprint, and our footprint can only shrink by using less resources and generating less waste. This is where circular processes are gamechangers: turning waste into a resource tackles both problems at once.
At REPEAT Materials®, we believe in protection our environment by contributing to a more sustainable construction industry. Our goal is to offer sustainable building materials, at the same cost and performance as the state-of-the-art alternatives.
Why we do it
How we do it
To ensure we can keep reusing the same resources, circular manufacturing processes are needed. At REPEAT Materials®, we do this by measuring our impact and taking into account different aspects of circularity:
The origin of our materials
At the moment, our panels make use of around 75% recycled PET, with the rest being virgin PET. While this is not our desired 100%, this means that we only use 1/4th of the resources we would use otherwise
Every layer in our panels is PET, no metals, no glass-fibers, no wood. This means that we can eliminate the complex (and costly) separating and sorting processes from our recycling. Damaged panels, cut-offs or even milling dust, everything is PET and can be recycled as easily as a plastic bottle.
The end-of-life scenario for our products
As our waste is not "polluted" with other materials, we can re-cycle it into new panels, instead of having to down-cycle it into lower-quality products. This way we can close the loop, and turn the linear pattern into a circular one, saving as many materials as possible from being dumped or incinerated.
The disassembly of our products
In addition to considering the origin and future scenario of our materials, we also think about the disassembly of our products. The more easily a product can be disassembled, the better it can be reclaimed and used modularly. To achieve this, we have designed a special PET click system that simplifies the disassembly of our panels.
Trying to reduce the impact of transport and shipping as much as possible, REPEAT® Materials are entirely local, Belgian products. The panels are made locally, using Belgian materials, which were made with local waste. These short supply lines greatly reduce the time, cost and environmental impact connected with transport.
A typical REPEAT Materials® panels contains about 625 recycled PET bottles*
*or its weight-equivalent in other PET waste.
Measuring our Impact
At REPEAT Materials we firmly believe that you cannot manage what you do not measure. We quantify and publish our impacts to address our sustainability and environmental protection.
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
REPEAT® Materials has an externally validated lifecycle analysis (LCA) conducted in accordance with ISO 14025 and the European Standard 15804+A2, which provide full transparency on the environmental profiles of our products. On the basis of this analysis, REPEAT Materials was granted an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for its products.
Sustainable Product Databases
In order to convert the data linked with our products into labels for sustainable construction, we make data available in various (inter)national databases. These databases clarify the impact of REPEAT® Materials products on the sustainability label:
The Nationale Milileudatabase
The Building Circularity Index
LEED V4 overview – Credit Points REPEAT Materials
BREEAM-NL overview – Credit Points REPEAT Materials
Belgium EPD database
PCI Score 90% - Material Circularity Index
What we aim for
REPEAT® Materials aims to work on the cradle-to-gate portion of our life cycle to reduce its environmental impact while keeping the bar straight on the product’s functionality. The target of REPEAT® materials is to produce a solid layer of 90+ % recycled PET by 2025.
Besides, REPEAT® Materials sustainability priorities aims to align with the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 17 SDGs aim to make significant progress on global economic, social, and environmental challenges by 2030.
At REPEAT materials, we aim to contribute to SDG 11 to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Since the entire panel is rPET, it can be recycled without any complex sorting or separating processes. Any discarded panels or cutting waste can easily be recycled into new panels, bottles, or other PET products. In this way, we reduce the total urban solid waste generated by cities.
At REPEAT Materials we aim to contribute to SDG 12 to ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns. All our panels consist entirely of at least 75% recycled PET plastic. Besides, the target of REPEAT materials is to produce a 90+ % recycled PET by 2025. In this way, we contribute to sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
At REPEAT Materials we aim to contribute to SDG 13 to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts. We quantify our impacts to address our sustainability and environmental protection, Our Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) results show that REPEAT Materials carbon footprint is significantly reduced compared to the main competitive panels. In this way we integrate climate change measures into our policies, strategies and planning.