This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 SME Instrument - Phase 2, Agreement No: 766649
ECOSHEET-PRO is an eco-innovative and cost effective alternative to plywood made from mixed plastic waste, suitable for high-strength applications in the construction industry.
This project will tackle two significant environmental challenges facing Europe, whilst also offering added value to the construction industry.
The first issue addressed is that of mixed plastic waste. In Europe, in 2014, 18 million tonnes of post-consumer waste plastics were landfilled or incinerated, as they could not be easily separated and recycled. Alternative uses for such waste must be found. The second issue is the growth in the use of plywood, typically manufactured from slow-growing, tropical hardwoods. This material is a key, high volume commodity in construction industry formworks and vast areas are deforested each year to meet Europe’s demand.
ECOSHEET-PRO transforms mixed plastic that would otherwise be wasted, into a competitive, reusable, plywood replacement. Previous attempts to create such boards have failed to deliver the required strength or cost effectiveness of plywood required by industry. We have overcome these barriers through an innovative manufacturing process, which will be scaled up and refined during this project.
ECOSHEET-PRO has the potential to re-define the €1.8 billion European plywood industry and help Europe meet its demanding plastic recycling targets, contributing to the circular economy. Our success stems from bringing together the complementary expertise of two eco-innovative SMEs from Italy and the UK, both with outstanding technical and operational expertise.