The NOBLE future of ECOR
ECOR enjoys a rare and unique position – it is a first-to-market circular economic solution for enterprise clients which enables them to both meet current market demand for clean and green products while achieving mandates for advanced recycling, zero waste and biobased procurement. Despite billions in government allocations for developing advanced recycling technologies, no other product has provided comparable reliability, scalability or measurable impact. Our mission is focused on building a future that truly transforms sustainable systems, recycling technology, corporate social responsibility and green building products – while also generating substantial returns for our partners.
First steps with ECOR: supply chain sustainability & procurement
Any organization can further reduce their environmental impact, increase supply chain sustainability and accelerate an engagement in the circular economy by using ECOR-based materials and products in place of traditional materials. For some, this may be as simple as using ECOR for marketing graphics, signs and displays instead of cardboard, foam board or toxic wood-based composites. Many organizations will prefer to have ECOR used by their architects, designers and fabricators for workplace interior construction or renovation, fabricating new office furniture and fixtures, cubicles, and beyond. ECOR is designed to offer greater durability and strength, as well as lighter-weight solutions. This often makes ECOR a cost-neutral procurement decision, and in many instances this also provides customers a lower total-cost-of-ownership due to reduced spending on materials, logistics and installation.
Small batch circularity: converting waste into ECOR-based products
NOBLE offers a “small batch” service to large enterprises and manufacturers who desire to engage in the circular economy by prototyping an ECOR-based solution. This process starts with converting a small batch of their waste stream, from general operations or manufacturing, into ECOR-panels. This ECOR is then fabricated into materials or products best suited for either short-term material needs or to test viability for long-term and regular product development needs. To date, this small batch service has resulted in a range of panels created from waste including: coffee grounds, spent beer hops, denim lint, synthetic leather used to make shoes, textiles, coconut husks, lavender, old books, tetrapak and even baseball bats. These panels have then been used to make retail graphics, trade show displays, book shelves, office furniture, cubicles, decorative walls, hangers and coasters.
Building & consumer products: collaborations that enable closed loops
NOBLE has engaged in product design collaborations with several leading manufacturers. We have a strong interest in exploring synergy with or collaborating on product designs with manufacturers of building products, consumer goods, furniture and fixtures. Some of these partners have an interest contributing their waste towards the manufacturing of the ECOR they plan to use, some desire offering Cradle-to-Cradle certified alternatives to their existing product catalogue and others simply want to design a product that is stronger, lighter-weight and less costly to manufacture than they currently produce when using traditional materials.
Rapidly accelerating the circular economy in Europe
Recognizing the embrace of the circular economy by leading manufacturers in Europe, as well as substantial funding commitments by the European Commission, member countries and regional municipalities – NOBLE has invested heavily in expanding our European presence to meet current and anticipated market demand. A Global R&D Facility and a fast-prototyping lab is planned for launch in 2017 in Venlo, Netherlands with regional facilities expected soon after throughout the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and beyond.