Pure North uses geothermal energy to mechanically recycle various types of plastics, with the goal of having as low of a carbon footprint as possible.
We are the only recycling facilities in Iceland that fully recycles plastic into raw material. The recycling process is unique in the world where we use geothermal energy directly in our process which makes for a better environmental impact and lower operational costs.
Plastic pollution is a growing problem in the world. It is important that every nation tries to become fully sustainable with its own circular economy, and recycles their own plastics.
Iceland is a major exporter of seafood and we have a large, growing tourism sector, so plastic waste directly interferes with some of our major business sectors.
In a lifecycle analysis, where Pure North's recycling process was compared to other facilities in Europe and Asia it was found that Pure North's recycling facilities had a better environmental impact score in 13 out of 14 categories. According to the analysis COs emissions were cut by 1.52 tons for every ton of plastics recycled.