Sustainability through innovation

Sustainable products and processes

We create solutions and products that enable our customers to reduce energy consumption, increase recyclability and minimize food waste. We also actively seek out how to make our own production processes more efficient and sustainable. 

We also work with start-ups that want to create new and valuable products using sustainability and recycling. As an experienced knowledge partner, we fill it is our duty to help these companies whenever we can.

Below you will find some of their stories. 

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Greatness from small beginnings

ColdHarbour Tiles

Coldharbour Tiles is a luxury eco-tile brand which manufactures wall and decorative tiles from 100% recycled plastic waste.

After witnessing an alarming amount of plastic waste while on missions as a freelance videographer in Africa, Emily Packer decided to roll up her sleeves and become part of the solution.

She created her first wall tile from recycled plastic at home in her kitchen, cutting up pieces of shampoo bottles and bottle caps, and melting them into what turned out to be the beginning of Coldharbour Tiles.

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Helping ideas grow

How we helped

"Before working with Holland Colours, there could be some batch consistency issues as a result of the source material.

Using the colourants and help from Holland Colours, we were able to create these really consistent colors, which helped the tiles look and feel like a luxury product. 

I was throwing all these questions at them and they were ready to experiment and come up with creative solututions. They were willing to get their hands dirty and really dig into these issues.

We connected on our shared sustainability values."  

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Driven by ideals

The Ocean Cleanup 

We joined The Ocean Cleanup, the groundbreaking plastic cleanup organization founded by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat, in 2013. The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, seeks long-term partnerships with companies that want to help to solve one of the biggest environmental problems of our times.

Holland Colours has worked closely with The Ocean Cleanup team to tailor our sustainable color concentrates in a biobased carrier (biobased color concentrates) to the requirements of the organization’s first product made with certified ocean plastic: sunglasses. 100% of proceeds go back to The Ocean Cleanup to fund the continuation of the cleanup.


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The end result

Cool and beneficial

For the plastic frame of the sunglasses, we delivered a biobased color concentrate to color the captured ocean plastics.

Specifically, The Ocean Cleanup was looking for two different shades of blue that could be dosed simultaneously to create a swirl pattern that would mimic the ocean.

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