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New plastic recycling group targets polluted rivers

Dutch Ambassador Margriet Vonno, Archwey ceo Sjoerd Fauser, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin and Archwey staff launch Archwey global HQ in Singapore.

Three companies which treat waste plastic recovered from polluted rivers have a launched a new group, headquartered in Singapore, with the goal of eradicating the need for virgin polymers.

Archwey looks to build on progress made by Arch & Hook, established in 2015 as a sustainable clothes-hanger brand, which has developed Bluewave, a thermoplastic ‘made from 100% recycled ocean-bound plastic, marine plastic and post-consumer plastic, collected predominantly from four of the most polluted rivers in the world’.

The other partners are Shieldler, which makes recyclable alternatives to environmentally challenging products such as pill bottles, blister packs and first aid kits, and PlasticBean, which delivers pellets in a range of recycled plastics for manufacturing.

Sjoerd Fauser, Archwey ceo Sjoerd Fauser says, ‘By utilising and supporting smart engineering solutions and bringing to market sustainable products for industries, the creation of virgin plastic is completely unnecessary. We are here to show the world that recycling is the key to decarbonisation and have advanced the way materials are being reused. We are committed to creating a world without single-use plastic, and a more sustainable planet for future generations.’

Archwey says it has recovered 32 500 tonnes of waste plastic in the last 18 months and is looking to double this to 65 000 tonnes by the end of 2023. Singapore, in the heart of southeast Asia and connected to the rest of the world, is seen as a natural home.

‘Beyond its excellent commercial infrastructure, Singapore’s global push towards a sustainable environment was a compelling factor in our decision to relocate our headquarters to Singapore,’ Fauser adds. ‘Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 and its Zero Waste Masterplan resonate and converge with Archwey’s own vision of the elimination of single-use plastic, its climate ambitions reflecting our resolve for concrete and urgent action to be taken to address climate change.’

Archwey is looking to explore more ground-breaking solutions to plastic waste and is exploring affiliations with institutions, universities and charities alongside plans to establish its own R&D innovation centres.

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