Recycled raw materials

At Prevex, we did our first product life cycle analyses back in 2020. As soon as we had the results it became clear what we needed to do to cut our CO2 emissions: to look for new raw materials for our products.

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Recycled plastic in all products

The raw material is by far the biggest source of CO2 emissions in our production. This is evident in the figure below, as raw material usage falls under Scope 3. Phasing out virgin plastics and replacing it with recycled plastics is therefore the single most important thing we are able to do to reduce our carbon footprint.


When using 65% rPP in our water traps, we save 1.8 million litres of fossil oil each year.


Ensuring product lifespan with recycled raw material

We began a series of test runs to find out what we needed to do in order to be able to switch to recycled polypropylene (rPP). We also wanted to find the optimal amount of rPP, since we did not want to risk product quality. Our products need to last for at least 25 years without leakage, and any actions lowering their lifespan would naturally be counterproductive from a sustainable point of view. We use pre-consumer rPP – which is the cleanest form of recycled PP available – to ensure quality and availability.

After thorough testing, we found out that 65% rPP is the best raw material mix at the moment. We aim to keep increasing the amount of rPP to 90% in the future.

55% recycled PP in all water traps

We wanted to move rapidly and decided to switch to recycled polypropylene by the end of 2022 in all our water traps. We have reached this target as planned, although it has required a lot of trials and errors, new machinery and substantial efforts from the whole organization. 

At the end of 2022, 45% of the polypropylene we used was already recycled, and in 2023 the amount increased to 55%. There are still some challenges with variations in quality between different rPP batches, but luckily, modern machinery can automatically adjust itself to these variations.


Aiming to reach 90% recycled PP in all water traps

After having switched to rPP in all our products, we now have our eyes set on increasing the amount of it. In the future, 90% of all polypropylene we use will be recycled. Reaching this goal will require a lot of additional testing. 

Recycled plastic in other product parts

We have chosen to first and foremost switch to rPP, as PP accounts for the majority of our raw material usage. In addition, we are constantly looking to switch to other recycled plastic raw materials as well, like rTPE. This is an ongoing process where the results depend on the raw material question.

Switching from brass to plastics

Some of our products are made of metals. Based on the results in our LCAs, we will replace metals with plastics in many cases, since the carbon footprint of plastics is generally lower. This is mainly due to plastics’ lower density and weight.

Another problem with metals, especially regarding brass, is that they may be poisonous. We have therefore decided to replace most of the brass with recycled plastics by the end of 2024. We have also decided to end the production of a product containing large amounts of brass.

Recycled plastic packaging

The use of recycled raw materials goes for all our products, including packaging. Packaging accounts for 4% of Prevex’s raw material usage. Currently, all our packaging consists of polyethylene film made of 51% recycled raw material. This equals savings of 200 tons of CO2 emissions per year. We started by using pre-consumer recycled plastics, but are in the process of switching to post-consumer recycled plastics.

In 2024, we will be introducing plastic-free packaging for certain products.

PE film vs rPE 51% film

MaterialCO2 emissions (ton)
Virgin PE film507
Recycled PE film305