Recyclable Composites; Natural Fibres and Thermoplastic Resin

This short introductory course will discuss the possibility of creating completely recyclable boats thanks to the new lamination processes with natural fibres. The Italian startup nlComposite explains how it plans to solve the disposal problem of fibreglass boats with the construction of boats in reusable materials.

During this course, topics related to sustainability in constructing new recyclable boats will be discussed. To fully understand the process, we let ourselves be guided by Andrea Paduano, the company's R&D manager.

We will understand which materials are indicated and how the lamination process is carried out. Materials such as linen can be reused for the construction of new boats. The circular economy also takes hold in the nautical world, trying to solve the complex problem of the disposal of fibreglass, which as of today, still remains an unsolved problem.



Course author

Northern Light Composites

nlcomp is an innovative startup that deals with research and development of sustainable composites to solve the problem of the end of life of the fiberglass products. The young start-up was born as a spin-off of Northern Light Sailing Team - a group of sailors who have been racing in regattas for a decade now - and from the experience of a group of former university students with previous knowledge in the field of sustainable composites gained through the 1001Vela Cup university competitions.


See full profile

  1. Rating:
  2. Price: Free
  3. Language: English
  4. Length: 18 minutes
  5. Intended for: Sailors and seafarers.
  6. Reference: Based on parts of the italian startup company nlComposite