A new Singapore-based holding group, Archwey, consisting of three companies–Arch & Hook, Shieldler and PlasticBean–that focus on innovative means of reusing and reducing plastic waste, launched Thursday.
Archwey’s mission is to rid the world of virgin plastic, reshaping the world’s building blocks. It will achieve this through its GRS-certified plastic solution Bluewave, a thermoplastic material made from 100 percent recycled ocean-bound, marine and post-consumer plastic.
Archwey’s three companies utilize Bluewave to supply sustainable solutions for the manufacturing, display and transportation of products in fashion, retail, hospitality and healthcare. The company noted that 8 million pieces of plastic pollution are estimated to find their way into oceans every day and that producing just one ton of plastic generates up to 2.5 tons of carbon dioxide, with only 9 percent of the 9 billion tons of plastic produced globally since 1950 having been recycled.
In the last 18 months, Archwey recycled and cleaned 32,500 tons of plastic, creating innovative materials and new products from waste
Archwey’s objectives include ensuring all subsidiary companies become B Corp-certified within the next two years, doubling the amount of plastic waste it recycles and cleans from 32,500 to 65,000 tons by the end of 2023, contributing to global decarbonization by growing the group’s use of green energy and decreasing the Global Warming Potential (GWP) of its Bluewave made products by 20 percent by the end of 2023, and investing in and collaborating on research into microplastics and the effect on biodiversity.
“The raw materials that industries need already exist,” Archwey CEO Sjoerd Fauser said. “By utilizing and supporting smart engineering solutions and bringing to market sustainable products for industry, the creation of new plastic is completely unnecessary. We are here to show the world that recycling is the key to decarbonization 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’s three companies are all focused on leading the way on sustainable materials. Arch & Hook (A&H) is a sustainable materials engineering company and a sustainable clothes-hanger brand. Creating solutions for fashion and retail, A&H focuses on GNFR (Goods Not For Resale), including shop infrastructure and transport boxes, and has secured partnerships with major players in the fashion industry, such as Roland Mouret, Levi’s, Under Armour and Selfridges.
Shieldler re-engineers materials to make healthcare sustainable, providing recycled and recyclable alternatives to environmentally damaging product models, such as pill bottles, supplement packaging and organizers, blister packs and first aid kits.
PlasticBean creates recycled-plastic pellets for manufacturing. It is Archwey’s means of making its materials globally available. Any manufacturer can utilize the pellets for its own means, helping to stop the creation of new virgin plastic altogether.
Archwey will drive education, research, knowledge sharing, and product engineering in its quest to eliminate virgin plastic. Shieldler has set up a knowledge hub called “Shieldler Innovation,” in collaboration with the University of Eindhoven and Leiden University. A consortium of scientists, recyclers, manufacturers, end users and authorities, it will focus on harnessing sustainable material innovation and waste recycling.