Klabin pilot project uses by-products from manufacture of packaging paper to produce ceramic bricks; project has launched in four Brazilian cities, producing 95,000 bricks for public works and local institutions, decreasing clay consumption by up to 7%

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PARANA, Brazil , August 17, 2022 (press release) –

With this initiative, ceramic industries replace 10 thousand tons of clay per year in the production process

Transform by-products of the manufacturing process into new products, promoting the circular economy and preventing them from being sent to landfills. This is the result of yet another sustainable project developed by the Klabin Technology Center, the largest producer and exporter of packaging paper in Brazil and a leader in the production of paper packaging. The process, which is being developed in some cities in the Campos Gerais region of Paraná, and in Pernambuco, where the company has factories, consists of producing ceramic bricks using by-products from industrial activities. The initiative developed in partnership with NTC (Núcleo de Tecnologia Cerâmica) – a consultancy specializing in the development of red ceramic industries – has already contributed to replacing 10,000 tons of clay per year in the production of bricks.
So far, in its pilot phase, the project has been developed in four cities: Sapopema, Curiúva and Arapoti, in Paraná, and in Goiana (PE). In total, 95,000 bricks were produced, benefiting public works and local institutions. With the support of the Arapoti City Hall, an amount was made available to the PACAA Municipal School (Arapoti Child and Adolescent Care Program) to complete the work on a wall. The city hall of Sapopema directed the donated bricks for public works, such as the revitalization and improvement of the wall of APAE (Association of Parents and Friends of the Exceptional). In Goiana, donations benefited the Casa do Caminho Christian Support Center (NACCA), helping to build the Alma Institute, which will help needy children, young people and families already served by the institution.
For the elaboration of the product, several laboratory tests were carried out, such as the verification of the maximum percentage of by-products that can be incorporated into the bricks, in addition to compliance with regulatory standards. After evaluation, the bricks were considered suitable by NBR 15.270/2015, which specifies the dimensional requirements, physical and mechanical properties of ceramic blocks and bricks to be used in masonry works with or without structural function.
“Klabin has a public commitment to eliminate the disposal of industrial by-products to industrial landfills by 2030, optimizing their return to the value chain. We are very satisfied with the results obtained so far in this project and in others throughout Brazil, which, through important partnerships, allow us to give new use to the by-products of our production process”, explains Júlio Nogueira, Sustainability and Environment manager at Klabin. The company's commitment to the theme is part of the "KODS - Klabin Goals for Sustainable Development", a set of short, medium and long-term goals that organize and guide the company's Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) milestones in in relation to its strategic growth plan. 
Arildo Silva do Prado, owner of Cerâmica Prado, located in the city of Sapopema, says that with the industrial by-product sent by Klabin, clay consumption can decrease by up to 7%. The volume made available allows the monthly production of 270 thousand bricks, enough to build 30 masonry houses of approximately 70 square meters. “Through the project, we achieved a considerable reduction in the use of clay, an important step towards making our entire value chain more sustainable”, says Arildo. 

João Clóvis de Medeiros, owner of Cerâmica Curiúva (PR), agrees. “It is important that society engages in seeking more sustainable ways of production and consumption, preserving nature,” he says. The partnership with Klabin helped him to achieve one of his goals: to make his company increasingly modern and capable of delivering a product that has quality while contributing to the preservation of the planet. 

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