CIRCULAR ECONOMY – RETHINKING THE PACKAGING INDUSTRY
FROM DISPOSABLE PLASTIC TO HIGH PERCENTAGE OF RECYCLING AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY
In the European Union, an initiative to ban disposable plastics was approved in March. The aim is to ban the use of plastic crockery and cutlery, straws, cotton swabs with plastic and oxo-degradable packaging materials within the EU countries. The latter materials are characterised by their rapid decomposability into very small particles.
In addition, in the wake of the amendment to the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (94/62/EC and 2018/852), 65% of all packaging materials used in the EU must be recycled by 2025. The proportion of plastic in this respect should be 50% and of paper and cardboard 75%. For this reason, rapid rethinking and adjustments in the packaging industry are essential.
The return of disposable materials, such as plastic packaging, to the primary raw material cycle is also known as circular economy.
A WIDE RANGE OF SOLUTION IDEAS AVAILABLE
The EU is clearly focusing on recycling packaging material to solve the problem. Many promising solutions exist. Among others, a technology has been developed that makes it possible to shred PET waste down to its molecular components and thus recreate pure, clean and transparent PET plastic. However, this technology has to be considered with the restriction that it only makes sense ecologically when large quantities of PET waste are involved because of the energy required.
CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND REDUCTION OF PACKAGING MATERIAL AS A SOLUTION
In addition to circular economy, the recycling of components from packaging in the raw materials cycle, the general reduction of packaging material is another desirable and relatively easy solution. In this context, the redesign of existing packaging comes into play. The aim of this possibility is to save raw materials and replace composite materials with pure materials in order to improve their recyclability.
EXPERTISE FROM QUO
QUO’s interdisciplinary approach, consisting of engineering, design and extensive knowledge of materials, combined with a creative design thinking approach, offers companies from the packaging industry great added value, especially in the search for optimised packaging solutions.
QUO supports large distributors and packaging manufacturers in their search for new solutions optimised for the circular economy.
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