Finalists

Automotive, Electrical or Electronic Product 2021

In this high-recycled content Washing machine(WM) product, post-consumer and post-industrial wastes are upcycled and used for more than 16 components in mass production. To transform plastic waste into value-added products, we have developed high-performance, economical, and environmentally friendly WM tub by using post- consumer PET drink bottles. The very first point that makes this product unique and special, is the way of the upcycling technique for recycling PET bottles and the development of WM Tub which is the most critical component of the WM, operating at very high RPMs and in the detergent environment. In this innovative material, PET bottles were transformed into fiber form in a recycled PP(r-PP) matrix, and r-PP material has reinforced by r-PET fibers. Thereby, we recycle 60 PET bottles in each WM. So far, we have recycled more than 80 million PET bottles worldwide.

The second special material that we use in WM is innovatively upcycled ghost fishing nets, which are big pollutants in the seas. We recycled waste fishing nets together with waste textile fibers and developed 60% recycled Polyamide composites and used them in WM transportation safety and clamp parts. We recycle 10 tons of fishing net waste and 100 tons of waste textile waste annually.

Moreover, we developed different recycled Polypropylene and ABS formulations and used them in the detergent box, pump filer body, etc..55% of plastic materials were developed from post-consumer and post-industrial wastes at this sustainable WM. Thus, 205 tons of plastic waste recycling annually.

The Recycled Plastic Battery Box application by Ford Otosan, containing 50% recycled PP sourced from office supplies production waste, is the first recycled battery box application for Light Commercial Vehicles at Ford Otosan. By this application PP- GF30 compound consisted of 70% virgin PolyPropleyne and 30% GlassFiber, changed with 50% recycle PP & 20% virgin PP & 30% GF. Through this application, 1kg of CO2 footprint reduction for each part was achieved and yearly 82 tonnes of CO2 footprint decreased from component life cycle. The amount of carbon reduction corresponds to 3905 trees’ one year carbon capture.

Battery Box is used in light commercial vehicles protects vehicle battery from any kind of impact, avoiding vibrations from the road and providing robustness to keep battery chemicals stable.

Ford Otosan collaborated with Ravago as compounder and A Plas as part supplier for the development of this project. Localization of compound supplier brought additional CO2 footprint reduction for life cycle of the part.

The Recycled Battery Box application has developed under Re3(Recycle, Reuse, Reduce) project that aims to reduce the carbon footprint and environmental impact of the products using Life Cycle Analysis as well as to design products with circular economy principles. Ford Otosan aims to use only recycled or renewable plastic with 2050 Carbon Net Zero targets.

This product „Holder Soundgenerator“ is designed for use in electrical cars. Due to their very low engine noise, slow driving electrical cars are often ignored. In order to reduce the risk for other road users, these cars are provided with a sound generator that creates an artificial sound. This product “Holder Soundgenerator” holds the sound generator safely in its position and increases the sound due to its funnelshaped geometry.

The holder has to fulfill high requirements during the whole car lifetime. Therefore, a special PCR-PP compound with 30% glass-fiber was designed. In the material tests all automotive requirements were successfully fulfilled and end of 2020 the serial production of the “Holder Soundgenerator” started.

For the first time a post-consumer recycled material from packaging waste collection system is used for an automotive application by Pöppelmann. Doing so, we transfer a material from a short time use as a packaging into a long time use as a technical plastic part.

We thank our material supplier Alba Interseroh and our customer Daimler for their support in this project. Together, we realized a more sustainable and CO2-saving product for a sustainable an CO2-saving car by using a recycled plastic material instead of virgin plastic.

Wi-Fi 6 mesh repeater with simple plug-and-play installation. Sustainably designed, made from post-consumer resin, fully-recyclable, significantly reduced CO2 footprint and avoidance of plastic packaging waste.

The housing consists of 90 percent recycled plastic, which leads to significantly reduced CO2 emissions (0.7kg CO2 per device). Additionally, as a high percentage of our mesh-repeater are rented out to customers, we also refurbish them and save resources and CO2 on top. To achieve the very high percentage of recycled plastics, we decided to change the standard colour of our devices from white to black. In the end, customers even rated the new style even higher than our previous one. As we approach sustainability as an overarching and serious topic, we did not stop with the housing. The product packaging is plastic-free to enable simple recycling via the paper waste bin. Most of the paper used is recycled or from sustainable forestry (FSC-certified). In addition, the use of harmful substances (e.g. in electronic components) is limited beyond what is legally required.

Wi-Fi 6 mass market router with an innovative OLED interface for easy interaction. Sustainably designed, made from post-consumer resin, fully-recyclable, significantly reduced CO2 footprint and avoidance of plastic packaging waste.

The housing consists of 90 percent recycled plastic, which leads to significantly reduced CO2 emissions (1.7kg CO2 per device). Additionally, as the overwhelming percentage of our routers are rented out to customers, we also refurbish many of them and save resources and CO2 on top. To achieve the very high percentage of recycled plastics, we decided to change the standard colour of our routers from white to black. In the end customers even rated the design much higher than our former routers.

The Speedport Smart 4 is characterized by its display interface and the extensive use of eco-friendly materials. Latest technologies such as Wi-Fi 6, Mesh, and a fiber optic modem (supports connection speeds of up to 2000MBit/s) are included and a good basis for long lifetime.

Volvo Cars has a clear goal of using minimum 25% recycled plastics in all Volvo cars until 2025.

The front bumper of the 2021 XC60 Inscription (facelift) is made of 40% post industrial recycled plastic. This is a great example of a visible part with high requirements in terms of safety, durability, surface finish and material properties.

All in-colored black plastic parts are made from recycled plastic, both grained and structural parts. Together with our plastic supplier Rondo, we managed to develop a plastic grade that fulfills the UV, Tiger stripe and mottling requirements according to Volvo Cars standard.

The non-visible structural parts are designed to support the geometry of the bumper cover but also to absorb energy in the event of an impact or crash. All recycled plastic parts have been tested and approved by Volvo Cars safety center. The material properties and part design were optimized to pass all safety testing.

The next goal is to develop and design a post consumer or biobased plastic grade that could be used in our product.

Recycled plastic grades

Grained PP visible parts (UV)

• Rondo RT10020E20 UV 40% recycled

PP parts (non-visible)

• Rondo PP RP5020E 60% recycled

• Seculene PPX TV20 100 % recycled

Building & Construction Product 2021

ArmaPET Eco50 is a low-density PET foam, based on 100% recycled plastic bottles, that offers a highly eco-efficient solution for the superior (semi-)structural insulation of building envelopes, roofs, floors and internal partitions, in new building construction and the renovation of older buildings. It is convincing due to its economy and environmental characteristics that are vital for innovative and sustainable construction. Its long-term stability of the insulation properties and the low thermal conductivity secure lifetime insulation performance. Excellent water resistance and the closed- cell structure of the material ensure stable thermal conductivity even after many years of operation. These features also prevent moisture penetration, mildew and rot and therefore offer long-term corrosion protection and minimal maintenance requirements.

Additionally, the material can be thermoformed into curved shapes, welded in pre- fabrication or on site, and is versatile for use in almost any type of finishing options. Its thermoplastic nature also allows for full recyclability of the material after the use phase. Thanks to Armacell’s patented rPET technology, ArmaPET Eco50 is based on 100% recycled PET and is manufactured according to an energy and resource optimised production process: with the re-use of waste material and no use of ozone-depleting HFC or CFC blowing agents. Therefore, ArmaPET Eco50 helps create buildings that are more energy-efficient, durable, faster to build, and have a lower lifecycle cost and reduced environmental impact.

Good Plastic/Norwegian Trash panels are 100% recycled and 100% recyclable and have a very small environmental footprint as they are manufactured using only renewable energy. This product can close the loop for the approximately 100,000 tonnes of plastic that are produced annually by Norway’s fishing and aquaculture industry. Marine industrial waste makes up around 80% of the waste found on Norwegian beaches. Currently, such plastic is not recycled as it is not economically viable for most recyclers due to degradation from the sun and seawater. As a result, this plastic is incinerated at the end of its economic life. By giving this waste a useful and attractive new form, we hope to change the perception of marine waste from a problem to an opportunity.

Stella Green paving grids, also known as grass or gravel grids, are designed to strengthen and stabilize the ground while maintaining free water circulation and full plant vegetation.

Stella Green grid is tough, flexible, easy to install and allows natural drainage fully. Its unique open design allows free growth of grass roots in al directions.

Plastic paving grid is an excellent alternative to paving stones, asphalt or concrete (or openwork concrete slabs) where it is required to maintain a permeable green area. Paving grids are not only an ideal solution for landscaping and reinforcing the slope or any other surfaces. You can use them effectively while filling the grid with decorative aggregate. Then, much less aggregate is used than when reinforcing the surface without the stabilization grid. And what is the effect? Even area with no mud and no annoying ruts.

The ECOSTONE® wallslabs are suitable for ULTRA® Firstaid shelters in areas of catastrophy. The product is suitable for rebuilding after disasters, like earthquakes and warzones. The wallslabs can be used and easily erected with orinary hand tools without electricity.

ULTRA ECOSTONE® is lightweight and easy to shape and cut into size. It can be packed as a DIY building kit for the survivors.

Its properties can be widely modified for different purposes by varying the ingredients of the mixture. The ULTRA ECOSTONE® products can be fully recirculated after use. ULTRA ECOSTONE® uses a simple low priced process for mixing the ingerdients to make high quality building products. It is thermally insulated and strong, easy to handle, water resistant and does not burn. Structures made with ULTRA ECOSTONE® do not totally collapse even when broken - its lightweight debris however offers additional safety in cases of earthquakes.

There are a lot of different sound absorbing walls on the market, starting from used tyres, but most of them are made of virgin material which is expensive and not always ecological.

Soundbarrier Block is made of recycled mixed plastic waste. The construction reflects and absorbs sound effectively. It is lightweight and easy to erect and to remove - offering a lowpriced and sustainable solution on the market. Soundbarrier Block has a special shape for maximum sound reduction and a shape that enables growth of pants, flowers, weeds, etc. on the surface making it an ecologically green wall.

Waste plastic has become a major environmental problem caused by careless and unconcerned people. To solve this plastic problem new bulk products made of re- circulated plastic are needed. The Soundbarrier Block is a sustainable use of wasteplastic. After use the product can easily be dismantled and all the parts can be 100% reused into new products, using ordinary plastic handling methods.

The world’s first Circular “Green” Rope consists of used and discarded maritime ropes, mechanically recycled by PLASTIX. This seemingly humble rope comes as irrefutable evidence, that the circular material loop even on products as technically complex as maritime gear, can be fully and successfully closed, to be recycled again and again. As a product of industry collaboration between PLASTIX, epsotech, Randers Reb, and DFS, the first ever Circular Green Rope represents significant CO2 emission savings through the closed loop re-integration of recyclates.

The Circular Green Rope additionally prevents used and discarded maritime gear from ending up in landfills or the environment, by enabling a circular economy in which these end-of-life gear are recognised resources rather than waste.

Futureproofing the industry for upcoming legislative requirements on maritime gear and extended producer responsibilities, the Circular Green Rope marks a case for the type of innovative and holistic cross-industry solutions needed in order to transition into the Circular New Plastics Economy.

This innovation further comes as validation to PLASTIX’ advanced inhouse developed recycling technology, which enables the mechanical recycling of post-use maritime gear into new raw material of utmost quality and purity, necessary for fibre production. Other industries such as logistics, agriculture, building and construction, aviation, automotive, leisure and sports can as of now also benefit from this innovative development and close their loop with high-recyclate content ropes, fibres and other products.

Household & Leisure Product 2021

Thales has launched the world’s first SIM card, made of fully recycled plastic from polystyrene recovered from used refrigerators.

Mobile operators can more easily reach their sustainability goals by integrating Eco SIM carbon footprint savings into their CSR calculations. Every year, 4.5 billion SIM cards are produced globally. Weighing 4 grams each, they contribute to 20,000 tons of PVC and other polymers being created annually.

In 2018, Thales and Veolia partnered to find a more environmentally friendly process for making SIM cards that meet the mobile industry’s requirements. This industry was the first sector to commit to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in February 2016. We decided to choose post-consumer materials. Veolia collects broken fridges, recovers the recyclable PVC out of it and turn it into pellets, which are then used to manufacture the SIM card body. All these steps are achieved in Europe. Orange in Belgium was the first telecom operator in the world to introduce the Thales’ Eco SIM in December 2020.

This innovation has received a “Best Practice on Circular Economy” award from telecom operator sustainability association JAC, in recognition of consistent approach regarding environmental impact reduction in products, including recycled card body, half card, energy efficiency of sites, renewable electricity sourcing, carbon offset offer and life cycle assessment tool for eco-design of products.

In 2021, it has also received the “2020 Game Changing Challenge” award from leading telecommunications and network provider BT.

The Rockeees are a toy composed of several plastic pieces representing stones. The “stones” must be stacked on each other to form the highest tower. The particularity of those stones is that they have 17 unique and different faces, makes it a challenging game. This product has produced the Netherlands with three different partners involved: the designer: Apollo11, the injection molder: Injection Point, and us, the recycler: Coolrec. Our close communication and collaboration are the reason of our success in this circular project.

Coolrec’s 100% post-consumer HIPS regranulate coming from household fridges, was used for this application and 4% of masterbatch was added to brighten the color. Safety is our core value, the material has reached the EN-71-3 certification which states the safe use of our material in toy application. As the toy is made with a monomaterial, HIPS, which is a thermoplastic, it can be recycled again.

The stones fit together perfectly to form a nest and are packed in a net made from 100% recycled PET bottles. The outside box is made of paper which is recyclable.

Every opportunity for sustainability has been taken and incorporated into Rentokil Initial’s latest rodent control solution for residential and commercial properties. Eradico is being rolled out in 83 countries, where over a million new units are installed each year.

The device is a highly versatile, modular unit, comprising solutions for baiting and trapping that encourage 6x more rodent entries and digitally monitor their activity. Placed on the perimeter of customer sites, Eradico targets rodent entry points to tackle activity before it leads to infestations.

This closed-loop product is made from 100% recycled polymer and is 100% recyclable at the end of its long (5+ years) life. The modular design allows for re-use, extending the lifecycle of the use phase. The extraction and processing of raw material itself has diverted 377 tonnes of virgin plastic annually from the RI supply chain, reducing our energy and CO2 impact.

Eradico’s robust design withstands climatic extremes of -20°C to +60°C and damage from impact around buildings. It’s safe and secure for children and pets and tamper- resistant against vandalism, resulting in improved product longevity and performance, which decreases environmental waste.

Eradico’s streamlined, stackable design allows optimal use of space in vehicles throughout the entire distribution channel, reducing vehicle emissions from point of manufacture right through to the end-customer.

From waste to beautiful task chair.

The auburn HÅG Capisco Puls introduces a product with a seat and back shell made of 100% post-consumer recycled polypropylene – made of damaged snowplough markers. Snowplough markers are used to line roads in countries that often have snow-covered roads, indicating the curb side for snowplough drivers, keeping the highways, byways and idyllic snowy mountain roads safe. Despite being made of a tough plastic mix capable of enduring the environment, thousands of damaged markers are collected and discarded each year. The waste after ended winter season is approximately 20- 30% of all snowplough markers used. During a season, 500,000 - 600,000 markers are normally used in Norway alone. The amount of waste is huge and the implications for the industry is major when reusing this material to beautiful office furniture.

HÅG Capisco Puls is a full functional, high quality, task chair; made of 100% post- consumer recycled polypropylene (61% recycled material in total). Flokk offers all kind of spare parts to the customer to prolong the longevity. All parts are marked for easy sorting and recycling.

The auburn coloured HÅG Capisco Puls is an excellent example of making beauty of waste. Reuse of damaged snowplough markers which otherwise would have been energy incinerated, is a good example on how manufacturers can benefit from material associated with local or global environmental challenges. A good example of how manufacturers can make a difference on reducing the plastic waste problem.

This bin, named after the Swedish word for ‘Sustainable’, lives up to its name. Not only is it made out of 80% recycled materials, but it was designed to make the process of waste management easier. The philosophy: to produce high-quality recycled raw materials, we first need to collect and sort plastics. Totally HÅLLBAR!

Morssinkhof Rymoplast has co-developed together with Inter IKEA the updated version of the HÅLLBAR waste bin, the first large scale IKEA item, in Polypropylene, ever tested commercially using post-consumer recycled material from collected household packaging waste. Morssinkhof Rymoplast produces the recycled PP raw material from post-consumer household packaging in their state-of-the-art recycling facility in Heerenveen, The Netherlands.

The HÅLLBAR series, a waste bin applied in kitchen cupboards, helps the consumer sort different materials into different bins – a simple action and the first step towards giving waste a new life. The HÅLLBAR waste bin encourages separation at the source and so contributes to the collection & sorting of post-consumer household plastics. The same plastic, collected & sorted in the HÅLLBAR waste bin, is used to produce a high end post-consumer recycled PolyPropylene, that is used for production of new HÅLLBAR waste bin.

The Smart-Eco friendly food keeper solutions are made from 100% recycled polypropylene. The full collection includes reusable lunch boxes, microwave containers and food keepers, which are all ideal for eco-responsible consumers concerned about the preservation of natural resources.

The Smart-Eco collection is just one part of Curver’s commitment to increase the use of recycled content in products by 2025, by designing long-lasting products that encourage sustainable living to have a positive impact on the environment. The range is produced in the EU in compliance with all food safety regulations. Every item can be safely used in the microwaves, and has an integrated seal preventing leakage.

Smart-Eco collection includes:

• Smart to Go reusable lunch boxes to ensure food is kept fresh and secure when on the go. Items in the collection including rectangular and round lunch kits in addition to a small and large cup. The lunch kits include a knife, fork and spoon so the consumer has everything they need when it comes to mealtimes.

• Smart Microwave containers for defrosting and re-heating food in the microwave. The collection includes a mug, square and round steamers.

• Smart Fresh food keepers, designed to preserve food in the fridge which are perfectly stackable for fridge space optimisation.

Everywhere this lamp is placed, elegance and sustainability meet each other. Dive into the vastness of this Polimarble® Eclipse Wall Lamp Lighting. It will surround and envelop your space into an intimate ambiance. Made from lustrous clouds of recycled plastic, fused with a subtle and sharp mounting system. The lamp gives cozy light with a halo ring that can be seen around the lamp.

• Every piece is unique

• Made from EU recycled plastic

• Made in The Netherlands

• Composition: Polimarble® and Aluminium

• Dimension: Ø320 mm

Each of our products are crafted by skilled artists. All products are 100% unique and different from each other. We source plastic waste in Europe and then we transform it into the finest material which we mould, cut and fold into marbled unique products. This creates a unique, modern and durable lamp that will emanate an aura in your home.

This Wall Lamp Lighting is easy to install and perfect to be the only light on the wall or for the creation of a decorative composition with multiple light sources. Because this wall lamp is available in no less than 6 colours, it fits in almost any room in combination with many types of wallpaper colours and interior styles.

With the “bucket from regranulate” the Schwarz Group and its environmental division PreZero introduces their own recycling product portfolio. The bucket is part of the portfolio of sustainable household goods created as part of our holistic and international REset Plastic strategy.

The unique thing about the products made from recycled material is that much of the value chain is covered by various divisions of the Schwarz Group (Lidl, Kaufland and PreZero). Recycled material is sourced from plastic packaging that households in Germany put out in their yellow bags and yellow garbage cans. PreZero collects and sorts packaging waste, PreZero Polymers cleans it and processes it into regranulate.

The final products consist of 100% recycled plastic. After production, Lidl and Kaufland put the finished products up for sale at their stores.

The result is a successful, cross-disciplinary collaboration that pays off. The “bucket from regranulate” convinces with different features like functionality and recyclability: So far, we have recycled approximately 145 metric tons of valuable raw materials and saved a total of roughly 120 metric tons of new plastic. Nonetheless, their recyclability and added value in terms of sustainability are also taken into account. End-customers can actively help to produce less new plastic and preserve natural resources. They become part of the global change towards more sustainability and a circular economy. Due to high customer demand, the second product recycling product portfolio was already put on sale by Lidl and Kaufland in the various countries in fall of 2021.

Technology:

• Made from HDPE waste generated on Antigua & Barbuda.

• Sorted, cleaned and shredded on the island using low-key technology.

• Local production using sheet pressing.

Design features: modular, repairable, applicable to local tourist industry, enhanced durability, weatherproof.

Impact:

• 535 tonnes of HDPE generated on the island - 83% goes to landfill and 15% leaks into the environment, only 2% is exported for recycling.

• The chair redirects 14kgs of HDPE waste (240 milk bottles) back into the local economy.

Chair can either be made from sheet pressed material or extruded beams. The material used is HDPE from household waste. Goal was to make a product that can be locally produced on a Small Island Developing State, with low-tech machinery and far from ideal sorting and cleaning. We are using a set-up in which you can get a lounge chair from 1 square meter, through limited shapes and sizes, making the lounge chair modular, as well. Other applications are in a similar setting and include a side table, dinner chair and table. This way, if one of the products get damaged, it can be easily repaired or only part of it needs to get replaced. The tourism sector has shown big interest and is keen on buying these products to show their social responsibility and involvement with the community.

For the Afterlife collection, Supernovas challenged the Rotterdam-based designers Odd Matter to develop a collection that empowers dynamic living, with designs that give waste an afterlife and ensure the recyclability of the products at the end of their life cycle. With the unique process that brings together different types of manufacturing techniques such as rotational moulding, compression moulding and 3D printing, the benches are made from post-industrial and post-consumer PE plastic waste streams. Afterlife Bench takes the weight off your feet or becomes the perfect shelf for your favourite books and magazines, as it can be stacked one on top of another thanks to the unique ‘nipple connection’. 100% weatherproof, the benches are suitable for both indoor and outdoor.

Afterlife Bench comes with a bespoke 3D-printed bolt, made from 100% recycled PETG, making it super easy to assemble without any external tools.

Plastics Recycling Ambassador 2021

Since 1996, An is part of Plarebel, a non-profit organisation that is the reference in Belgium for information, advice and guidance on all aspects of circular plastics, including circular design and effective recycling.

In this role, she has been working as a consultant for Fost Plus concerning collection, sorting and recycling of household plastic packaging waste in Belgium. She contributed to the development and optimisation of the extended collection to all household plastic packaging types.

In 2018 she launched a new future trajectory for Plarebel to expand their product portfolio beyond the scope of household plastic packaging waste. An has the ambition to set society down the path towards a more circular approach for all plastics.

She is also an active member of EPRO, the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations, where she is leading the Working Group on Household Packaging Recycling. As leader of this EPRO Working Group, An has played an important role in the creation of the European PET Bottle Platform, a voluntary initiative grouping technical experts in the field of PET design and recycling for the evaluation of new technologies.

At the beginning of this year, she took on the challenge as Technical Program Manager of the HolyGrail 2.0 project. Her role is to advise on the best way forward to turn a concept for intelligent sorting through using digital watermarks into a new industry standard for smarter recycling.

An is also active in other industry associations and initiatives, and is constantly looking for new opportunities to respond to the many challenges in the transition towards a circular economy for all plastics.

David has been named one of the world’s most compassionate entrepreneurs by Salt magazine. He is the recipient of the United Nations Lighthouse award for Planetary Health, recipient of the Paris Climate Conference Sustainia community award, recipient of the Earnst and Young Lifetime Achievement award, is the Past President of the Vancouver Chapter of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), and named the Entrepreneur Organizations, Global Citizen.

David is the founder and CEO of The Plastic Bank, an internationally recognized solution to ocean plastic. The Plastic Bank is a global network of micro recycling markets that empower the poor to transcend poverty by cleaning the environment. The Plastic Bank is an eco-system that provides an opportunity for the world to collect and trade plastic waste as a currency. Global partners include SC Johnson, Henkel, Procter & Gamble, Carton Pack and Advansa and more. His humanitarian work has earned him international recognition. David has been featured in hundreds of international news and investigative articles, including Forbes, Time Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, and National Geographic. David can be found at TED.com, is featured in an award-winning documentary and starred in an international reality television show.

David is a steward of the earth and a champion for the poor.

Flor holds a Masters in Sciences Biology with a major in Ecology and Microbiology, and she recently obtained a diploma in Sustainability Business Management at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She has been working in different departments of Avery Dennison since 2005. Since September 2017 she has been working as Sustainability & Circular Economy Manager. Flor has made a measurable impact over the past 4 years in the Sustainability Team at Avery Dennison: her analytical skills, her ability to work alone and being an excellent team player, in combination with her open and critical mindset, make her a valuable colleague and a mentor.

Flor is responsible for the implementation of Ecodesign at Avery Dennison Global, a new way of thinking and approach on developing new products, more proactive, and more focused on new materials and new technology available. Ecodesign program successfully implemented in Europe in 2020 is now rolling out globally.

At the same time, she is actively working together with several organizations - such as CEFLEX, PETCORE and RecyClass - to make a clear differentiation on what decoration means in the recycling process.

She is always customer-focused and results-driven. Thanks to her scientific background and a responsible approach to the environment she has truly inspired colleagues, clients, and end-users to become more responsible.

Hans is the co-founder and CEO of PLASTIX, a manufacturer of “Green Plastics” mechanically recycling post-use maritime fibres, fishing nets and ropes, into high-quality raw plastics materials.

Hans has been the driver for quality and sustainability with the aim for PLASTIX to go beyond being a mechanical recycler, and rather a sustainable polymer producer with an integral role in circular material flows.

Hans’ role and impact, however, extends greatly beyond the borders of PLASTIX’ factory, in driving the New Circular Plastics Economy in Scandinavia, Europe, and globally, with the vision to eradicate plastic pollution by enabling circular solutions for cleaner environments and oceans.

By considering and engaging with all actors in the value chain and viewing the challenge of plastic waste in a holistic manner, he motivates the formation of strong partnerships able to face challenges head on and in synergy. Such a successful synergy was presented in March 2021, where the world with the first “Green” Rope- a maritime rope made almost fully from recycled post-use maritime ropes was presented.

Hans has been an essential driver for this ground-breaking achievement in the EU plastics recycling and converting industry, demonstrating that the material loop on even products as technically complex as maritime gear, can be fully and successfully closed, to be recycled in again and again.

Unsurprisingly, Hans’ ambitions does not end with maritime gear, as he is intent on tackling other fibre waste streams from industries like logistics, agriculture, leisure and sport.

Philipp has been CEO of the ALPLA Group since 2021. As a member of the third generation of the owner family, Philipp places emphasis on the legacy built up by his predecessors, but is also keen to ready ALPLA to make the most of opportunities outside of its core business. He firmly believes plastic is an important piece of the mosaic when it comes to increasing global prosperity. He also sees it as the ideal packaging material for reducing carbon emissions.

Philipp studied at the European Business School London and at Nanjing University, after which he worked at HIG Capital as a Business Development Associate. He subsequently obtained an MBA from Harvard Business School. He joined the ALPLA Group in 2014, where his roles have included President of ALPLA North America. He subsequently served as CFO, before becoming the Group’s CEO.

Philipp lives in Hard, is married and has one child.

Recycling Machinery Innovation

Automatic Belt Melt Filter PET-C Continuous (short AMBF-PET-C) provides a filtration technology to produce high-quality recycled pellets with fully automated melt filtration system and dual cavity technology.

The driven idea for this new filtration technology has always been to build on known and approved benefits from long-term know ABMF technology itself, which is full-automatic operation, continuing production even during screen change, finest filtration levels and all at lowest melt loss.

To effectively and efficiently filter contaminants from plastic waste, the BritAS filter automatically provides fresh screen mesh at every filter change without stopping production.

The ABMF PET-C is designed with proven technology, comes equipped with special features and is technically optimized. The melt filter is particularly suited for all underwater and/or strand pelletizing systems.

Especially the market needs for filtration of PET fines, which is waste material from washing lines and backwashing lumps from back-flush systems had been the driving idea to implement this additional filtration technology at BritAS.

Automated - fully automated filtration.

Continuous process - no intermediate storage of melt.

Clean - high filtration fineness (up 20 μm and finer).

Contamination - particularly well suited to hard contamination.

Efficient - very low operating costs, with melt loss stays below 1%. Effective. High throughput rates.

This superclean recycling process, developed by EREMA Engineering Recycling Maschinen und Anlagen Ges.m.b.H., is seen as a key technology for meeting the EU ́s goal of placing on the EU market each year 10 million tonnes of plastic recyclates in final products by 2025.

It was certified by the FDA as suitable for the production of milk and juice bottles, as well as meat trays, disposable tableware and cutlery, provided the input material comes from milk and juice bottles. Meanwhile the FDA also confirmed an additional input stream and more application uses for the recyclate. In addition to all HDPE beverage containers, HDPE closures of HDPE, PP and PET beverage bottles can also be processed. Material containing up to 100 percent recyclate can be used in the production of containers for direct contact with food of all kinds. Complete homogenization, filtration and degassing of the melt take place in one step, with melt filtration upstream of extruder degassing. This ensures that only thoroughly melted, filtered and homogenized material can pass the degassing zone of the extruder. Odour is a typical problem with contaminated household waste. It is essential that it is removed if the PCR material is to be reused in high quality packaging for cosmetic products or food. The ReFresher technology reduces odour downstream of the extrusion process. While the high degassing extrusion system removes mainly highly volatile, low molecular weight substances, the ReFresher ensures a significant reduction of the low volatile, high molecular weight organic compounds in the recycled pellets.

These high-quality recycled pellets will open up new, economically viable sales markets.

SPA is a revolutionary machine: a screw pump that allows to easily transport plastic melt from the extruder to the filter without using gears with a single screw and requires very low maintenance. It’s the ideal solution for those seeking to achieve the highest possible quality of the recycling process, significantly lowering maintenance & operational costs.

Regular gear pumps used in plastics recycling are very sensitive to contaminations, getting damaged very easily by contaminants especially in post-consumer applications. Because of this, constant maintenance is required and often, it is also needed to install a safety filter to protect the gear pump itself, with significant increase in investment, manpower, and maintenance costs. Additionally, gears must be periodically replaced by the operator, a further downtime leading to operation losses.

SPA’s operational simplicity is just maximum. It can be installed either before and after the filter, being perfect for applications requiring a double filtration step. Before the filter allows to protect the twin-screw extruder used especially in compounding applications and installed after the filter allows to stabilize the pressure of the material and to maximize the productivity of the filter and the extruder itself.

SPA combines both FIMIC’s typical high engineering standards and the highest quality of manufacturing materials, to offer a superior, reliable and high-performance product. SPA’s innovative operation guarantees to all players in the recycling industry significant savings in operational costs, as well as an excellent final result.

LUBO’s Anti-Wrapping Starscreen® (AWS) takes care of size separation at a very early stage in the material sorting process. AWS plays a key role in maximizing the purity of different plastic types sorted through material recovery facilities.

The technology has been developed in-house at the Bollegraaf Group in the Netherlands and represents a key solution to the growing issue of plastic foils and bags in different waste streams.

By its design, the key words are modularity, efficiency and ease of maintenance. This is materialized within the following features:

• Stars design reduces wrapping of waste to minimum;

• High throughput: material is screened in a thin layer over screen deck;

• High purity through aggressive agitation / aggressive screening;

• Lubo Quick Disconnect System for fast changing of star shafts without dismounting bearings, drives, sprocket and chains;

• Splittable stars for even quicker replacement or change of screening size.

The uniqueness of the AWS relates to its anti-wrapping design that avoids plastic bags and foils to be blocked into the screen. This is crucial in order to maximize separation and output performance of downstream sorting equipment. It results in the sorting plants being more consistent in terms of output capacity and purity of their recovered plastics. One of the other unique strength is the easy maintenance based on the patented Quick Disconnect design. This shortens the maintenance time from hours to minutes. Therefore, maintenance costs are extremely low and the uptime of sorting installations is maximized.

The AQC-C is a solution that is comprised of Max-AI VIS (for Visual Identification System) and at least one collaborative robot (CoBot). CoBots can work alongside people, minimizing structural requirements and footprint while improving maintenance access. The AQC-C can be quickly and easily placed into existing Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) with no down time.

This advanced technology uses a machine vision system to see the material, specialized artificial intelligence to think and identify each item, and robotic sorters to pick targeted items or contamination. Max-AI AQCs provide MRF operators with sustained and consistent sorting performance while improving safety, recovery, product quality and operational expenses.

USP:

• Can be installed in sort cabins, on narrow walkways and in other tight locations

• Works alongside people

• Easily scalable; up to four robotic sorters can be added behind each Max-VIS system

• Up to four separate sorts from a single unit

• Consistent and predictable pick rates

• Dependable & able to work multiple shifts

• Advanced neural networks can be retrained to identify new materials as waste streams change

• Captures valuable material composition data with machine vision & artificial intelligence

• Minimal structural requirements & footprint for easy installation

Bottle flake feedstock includes considerable amounts of contaminants such as labels, metals, paper, wood, and plastics other than PET. To reach high levels of purity, so- called virgin-like rPET, these substances must be filtered out by the screen changer equipped with an appropriate filtration medium.

The BKG® FlexDiscTM filter stack is a filtration medium for the filtration of contaminated polymer melt. It consists of two to four FlexDiscs that contain the actual screens. The BKG® FlexDiscTM allows for a significantly enlarged filtration area, without increasing the machine size and weight. PET recyclers can realize sizes of filtration areas that are far beyond what flat screens can provide. It is recommended for Bottle-2-Bottle Recycling, and rPET Fiber production. The prolonged lifetime of the filtration medium, and the reduced specific backflush volume saves waste and costs.

Benefits:

• Larger filtration area

• Finer filtration

• Higher throughput

• Prolonged filter life of filtration media

• Reduced specific backflush volume due to fewer required backflushes

• Gentle filtration - less shear stress and therefore protection of the molecular structure and increase of the end-product quality (less gels)

• Smaller machine size for same throughput possible

Machine with combined system to sort plastics (patented):

• optical detection (NIR, VIS) + ejection with compressed air nozzles (top-down shooting, first);

• aerodynamic-sifting separation of plastics with different densities (light plastics vs heavy-rigid plastics, second).

This system permits to separate in the same time different polymers with similar densities and light plastics from the mainstream. The application can be extended to other materials for different business sector, e.g. recycling wood, to clean it for new wood-based products.

Typically in the waste recycling industry (e.g. from municipal solid waste) the material, after shredding and screening, is separated in light and heavy material (2D and 3D); then the both materials go in separated lines for the following optical sorting of the different polymers. With this system, the process can be simplified in one machine.

Plasmac’s latest offering to the market is our Epsilon inline shredder extruder repelletising machine. The Epsilon was designed to recycle inline trims, start-up scrap, non-woven’s and apron cut-outs among other things.

It uses an innovative extruder screw design and feeding entry, the dual diameter, short screw technology has a length to diameter ratio of 14:1, uses less than 0.2kW/Kg of energy to repelletise the scrap material and ensures there is an absolute minimum of material degradation and heat history put back into the material.

The integrated shredder sits above the feed entry of the screw and size reduces the material entering the extruder before plastification, this means it can recycle high speed trims, thicker films, injection moulded parts and small pieces of start-up scrap. The slow rotating shredder requires no water cooling, adding to the efficiency of the machine and due to the short screw technology, the machine had a very compact size. The machine is also designed with flexibility in mind, it can be equipped with either an air or water pelletising system, it can be equipped with a vacuum degassing system to allow it to handle printed materials or materials that are hygroscopic and require venting such as biodegradable materials, it can also be supplied with a variety of feeding systems, such as trim baskets for inline trims, a roll feeder for scrap or start-up reels or an elevator with integrated metal detector for pieces, slabbed or loose materials.

The quality of plastic flakes and regrind is crucial in determining whether plastic processors and manufacturers can profitably use and sell plastic recyclate. Depending on how the recyclate will be used, elaborate manual, visual, or thermal sample analyses are often necessary in order to assess the quality of a batch of materials. Sample analyses are also used as a means of evaluating the effectiveness of the recycling sorting process. Such sample analyses are hardly representative, and furthermore require additional resources, costs, and time.

FLAKE SCAN by Sesotec was developed to help reduce the effort involved in various analysis techniques. In just a few minutes, the device can reliably determine the precise quality of plastic flakes and regrind. The FLAKE SCAN analysis system delivers data that can be quickly leveraged to make decisions about whether plastic flakes and regrind are pure enough for profitable use. It can also provide insights into the effectiveness of an entire recycling process and help ensure that individual plant components are functioning as they should.

A combination of up to three sensors (color, near infrared, and metal) automatically provides precise, reproducible analyses of material samples by detecting color errors, plastic types, and metallic contaminants. The composition of each batch of plastic flakes can be determined within minutes. Representative results can be reached with a sample volume as small as eight liters. At its maximum throughput, FLAKE SCAN can analyze up to 20 kilograms per hour. The device also offers easy operation, with an intuitive touchscreen as well as automated reporting and archiving.

Trebo offers closed-loop sorting services for plastics converters and brand owners - if your company generates any plastics waste, our sorting solution offers you virgin- quality recyclates, ready to replace your virgin materials.

Presenting the output from our patented sorting machinery:

The display shows the transition from used beer keg to virgin-grade recyclates, through Trebo’s sorting machinery.

The kegs consist of 85% PET (green), 9% PP (black), 6% other (film, rubber, and metals).

This is only one example of the sorting machinery’s capabilities. Other examples of sortings are:

• PP – SEBS

• ABS – MABS – PA

• POM – PVDF

• POM – PC-ABS – ABS

The basics of our machinery: The sedimentation-based machinery utilizes the relationship between fluid-mechanical drags and gravity for each individual plastic particle. Controlled by density, shapes and sizes, the different types of plastics are sorted to a purity close to 100%.

The ingeniously-adaptable shredding machine for reusable materials.

Most often, the key component in recycling processes is the shredder. Choosing the right shredder guarantees process stability: high continuous throughput, homogenous grain sizes with lowest share of fines and oversizes. The shredder paves the way for the subsequent process to higher productivity and profitability: The right selection of the cutting unit, perfect coordination and selection of the program, high and flexible cutting force, simple and exact setting of the cutting gap, to name just a few important key points. All of this, of course, combined with the highest possible availability and the simplest maintenance and of course operator friendly. This is what our shredders and we stand for. The expertise ultimately results in the development of new technologies such as of our new VIZ shredder series. The initials VIZ stand for Vecoplan Infinity Zerkleinerer (= shredder in German). This single-stage shredder is a solution for any input material. Due to the concept of screwed tool holder plates with variable cutting crown sizes, there is no longer a need for rotor changes. Limitless flexibility also in the drive technology - variably adjustable speed range, tramp material detection, high dynamics in the drive by fast reversing and restarting, highest possible torque at low speed, smooth start-up even when the machine is full. This combined with absolute user-comfort, high availability and low operating costs and the VIZ truly deserves its name: No limits.

Plastic Packaging Product 2021

The I’m greenTM bio-based portfolio from Braskem is made of responsibly–sourced, sugarcane ethanol, which contributes significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions along the chain. The bio-based products such as polyethylene and EVA are drop-in solutions that can replace their conventional version without the need to invest in new plastic processing machinery and can be recycled in the same recycling chain that already exists for fossil-based plastic. Braskem in partnership with Duo and Joules launched the Joules Click & Collect Bag.

After adopting I’m greenTM PE for its ecommerce mailing bags in 2019, Joules’ attention turned to its other packaging products and how the business could become more circular, as part of a closed loop approach. Working in partnership with packaging specialist Duo, Joules embarked on a journey of how it could utilize post- consumer plastic material to create new packaging products. Looking at used plastic material and ways to use it to create new products gave Joules an opportunity to consider a dedicated packaging solution for its click & collect bags. The challenge was to develop a packaging product with a clear plastic side that would allow staff, both in the distribution center and in stores, as well as customers, to see the products without opening the bag, reducing possible touch points. Duo assessed the requirements of the packaging solution in terms in its functionality and ensuring the properties of PCR would deliver on the critical performance criteria of the application.

The Reborn R100+ is a packaging film (printed/unprinted) made out of 100% recycled polyethylene with at least 20% household waste and a minimum of 50% PCR LDPE waste. It has impressive optics, very low gels, no measurable residual odors and same mechanical properties as virgin LDPE film.

The environmental impact is improved versus Reborn’s R100 film. It is also an answer to extended producer responsibility and bonus schemes requiring minimum levels of household wastes.

Less than 25% of all PE films are sent to recycling whereas the category represents more than 9MT on the market every year in Europe.

There is considerable room for improvement especially if we compare with the more mature rPET market. Our aim is to show premium PE film packaging can be proposed to the market with all type of PE wastes (PCR retail, industrial and now household). The potential volumes targeted can be huge and justifies the creation of numerous LDPE mechanical recycling plants all over Europe with many jobs created and a better environmental impact.

Reckitt Benckiser (RB) is a global producer of consumer health, hygiene and home products. In 2020, RB committed to meet the following ambitious sustainability pledges:

• By 2025, all plastic packaging is 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

• By 2025, undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging.

• By 2025, the average recycled content or responsibly sourced bio-based content in plastic packaging will be 30%

Durex, one of the leading brands owned by RB, have been working towards these pledges by looking at their 2 in 1 massage lubricant bottle range. Up until this project change, this product was packed in a virgin PETG (Polyethylene terephthalate glycol) bottle which is not recyclable. Therefore, by innovating a redesign of the bottle and flip top cap, it now uses 100% rPET (recycled Polyethylene terephthalate) and PP (polypropylene) for the cap which is recyclable. This makes it a fully recycled plastic bottle and fully recyclable.

This project supports the delivery of RB’s sustainability pledge by over delivering on committing to an average of 30% recycled content and will have the following impact: CO2 reduction – 351 tonnes per year H2O reduction – 2,695 tonnes per year

Launched in July 2020, following two years of extensive research and development, the evian No Label bottle is a first of its kind brand innovation.

Using cutting-edge innovation and created using 100% rPET recycled plastic (excluding the new “evian pink” bottle cap made of HDPE type of plastic material), our label- free bottle is fully recyclable – overall reducing the use of plastic, integrating recycled plastic as much as possible and increasing circularity.

Instead of using a label, each 400ml bottle bears an engraved logo and legal mentions added during the blow moulding stage. The stripped back bottle is designed to reflect what’s on the inside – our uniquely sourced natural mineral water the way nature intended; pure and refreshing and untouched by humans.

The No Label bottle showcases our continued focus on providing a hydrating, refreshing, natural mineral water with less environmental impact. It also spotlights our inclusive approach to circularity, with the bottle providing a global solution for a sustainable future, especially for hospitality channel and e-commerce where there is no need for barcode labelling.

The launch of the No Label bottle also marked a key milestone in our goal to become a fully circular brand by 2025 – accelerating our commitment to sustainability through creative solutions.

Schoeller Allibert’s SASI® range is the silent all-rounder crate for system integrators. This version has a flat outer base, inside the ribbed base and ventilated sidewalls. Its special designed wide noise reduction double-base allow shorter steel bars in a rack. The SASI range is ideal for automatic warehouse systems and is approved by well- known system integrators. Drainage holes allow easy removal of excess water to meet the fire safety requirements in line with FM Global regulations.

Schoeller Allibert’s SASI® range is the ‘silent automation’ crate for systems integrators. Its specially designed wide, noise reducing double-base allows the use of shorter steel bars in a racking system. The SASI® range is ideal for use in automatic warehousing systems and is approved by all of the well-known systems integrators. Dividers are available to segment the container into up to 8 separate compartments according to the customer’s requirements. Drainage holes easily remove excess water and meet fire safety requirements in line with current FM Global regulations. Available in 600x400 and 650x450 footprints and a range of depths. SASI totes are 100% recyclable, can be moulded from recycled plastic and have unique features in the base to significantly reduce noise within the warehouse environment. Made out of either 100% recycled or virgin PP material, according to the customer demand.

HI, I’M DUO!

SIPA DUO Ministackable is the smallest and lightest stackable bottle in the world made with 100% recycled plastic. This solution permits to save a lot of raw material (only 7.6g from 100% recycled Pet bottles) and save space (thanks to its stackability). This bottle is also label free and its secondary packaging, a cardboard box, is made of 100% recycled paper with no glue and no additives.

A SMALL CONCENTRATE OF INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

This mini bottle has been created starting from a 100% recycled PET preform made with SIPA Extreme Renew platform. SIPA Extreme Renew is the most reliable technology to produce PET preforms from recycled flakes. The result of this unique technology is a ultra-lightweight preform that has been used to blow this mini-stackable bottle.

MATERIAL: 100% rPET APPLICATION: Dry Food VOLUME: 200ml WEIGHT: 7.6g SECTION: Round CONFIGURATION: Stackable

Creating a real Hamburg cycle - that is the goal of Hamburgs Wertstoff Innovative. Together, Stadtreinigung Hamburg, environmental service provider Veolia, consumer goods manufacturer Unilever, the Hamburg drugstore chain BUDNI and the Hamburg University of Technology show that a recycling cycle works: regional and tangible.

The proof is now on the shelves at BUDNI: A detergent from the Unilever brand ‘Seven Generations’, packaged in a bottle made of 100% recycled plastic from the Hamburg recycling bin / yellow sack. A cycle from Hamburg, for Hamburg.

The special thing about it: the plastic is used as product packaging before and after recycling. A real and also regional bottle-to-bottle cycle!

The idea of recycling raw materials is not new, but consumers often get different information about the disposal and recycling of plastics. The recycling goals in Germany are very ambitious. Our specific goal is therefore to produce high-quality packaging from 100% recycled plastic that comes from the packaging waste in Hamburg.

Product Technology Innovation 2021

Industry initiatives in the PET beverage bottle market are focused on both increasing the amount of recycled PET (rPET) used within the bottle and also reducing carbon emissions. Increasing levels of rPET causes increasing yellowing of the bottle and reduced mechanical strength, leading to limitations on the amount of rPET than can be successfully incorporated, without compromising shelf appeal or functionality of the bottle, as well as compromising Brand Owner initiatives to further light-weight PET bottles.

SmartHeat RHC is a process aid that was designed to enhance the bottle blowing process, helping to overcome those rPET related issues. It allows for a faster heat up rate of preforms and also enables a wider processing window, which provides an opportunity to re-optimise the bottle blowing process, resulting in improved bottle quality and mechanical strength, facilitating in increasing rPET content and allowing for light- weighting of bottles. SmartHeat RHC also helps to reduce the natural yellowing of PET during recycling by addressing colour formation at root cause, rather than relying on the addition of toners to mask the issue. This approach will have a positive impact on the long term quality and colour of rPET, allowing for higher levels of use.

reSoundTM R Recycled Content TPEs are formulated using a mixture of recovered materials including recycled polypropylene, recycled oil, and recycled filler.

Utilizing this combination of recovered materials, Avient is able to increase the overall percentage of recycled content in these grades to up to 83 percent. These TPEs have comparable performance to prime grades, and can replace them in applications for personal care, lawn and garden, outdoor high performance, footwear, office supplies, houseware durables, and automotive industries.

The development of these grades are part of Avient’s ongoing commitment to expand its sustainability portfolio and help its customers meet their sustainability goals. On display are reSound R sample plaques from Avient and the grades in situ, in a new woman’s razor grip from BIC.

The new female razor was developed based on BIC’s 4R philosophy, which supports an approach to products and packaging inspired by the circular economy and enables its commitment to use 50% non-virgin petroleum plastic by 2030.

BICS’s approach to sustainability is deeply rooted in its values and is an integral part of its day-to-day operations. Its teams are constantly working on finding new innovative solutions that limit its impact on the planet and creates responsible and affordable products for everyday use. The new woman’s razor grip presented replaces the traditional TPE thanks to the custom developed reSoundTM R recycled content grade.

RECOTHENETM is a high performance range of recycled polythene pellets engineered to overcome the inherent inconsistency in recycled materials in order to ensure consistently high levels of processability and quality.

Historically manufacturers had concerns regarding the perceived quality of rPE. A key objective during RECOTHENETM’s development was the creation of a consistently reliable, high quality recyclate for high performance film applications.

Materials with inconsistent properties impact extrusion efficiency through necessitating frequent machinery adjustments or process modifications. So, how do manufacturers maintain productivity levels using recycled content? As with virgin polymers the answer is material consistency and that’s where RECOTHENETM makes a difference.

Chase Plastics demonstrated that RECOTHENETM recycled polythene pellets can be produced with product yield and quality parameters that enable the replacement of at least 30% of virgin polymers without disrupting productivity or quality standards. RECOTHENETM delivers excellent results with all film extruders from mono-layer to advanced multi-layer machinery. A proven solution for manufacturers successfully introducing it into packaging applications at addition rates in excess of 30%, RECOTHENETM provides the consistent quality required time after time, batch after batch.

RECOTHENETM supports the move to a circular economy by keeping a valuable resource within the economy - diverting it from landfill or from export.

Almost two thirds of people are not aware that you cannot recycle toothpaste tubes. Most of today’s toothpaste tubes are made from sheets of plastic laminate – usually a combination of different plastics – sandwiched around a thin layer of aluminium. The mix of materials makes it impossible to recycle through conventional methods.

For our recyclable tube, we wanted to “begin with the end in mind” and ensure actual compatibility with an existing recycling stream, and for this important aspect we turned to Plastic Recycles Europe / RecyClass for design guidance, testing protocols, and general support. Instead of aluminium, our Tube uses, therefore, mostly High- Density-Polyethylene (HDPE), which is highly recyclable.

Having previously thought HDPE was too rigid to create a squeezable toothpaste tube, Colgate engineers figured out how to combine different grades and thicknesses of HDPE laminate into a tube that meets recycling requirements, while protecting the product and while remaining comfortably squeezable.

Building on ongoing efforts to help people make small, sustainable changes for the better, our Smile for Good recyclable toothpaste is a way Colgate is improving the sustainability profile of its products to help achieve its aim of 100% recyclable packaging by 2025.

Toothpaste alone accounts for an estimated 20 billion tubes annually around the world, and so Colgate is sharing its innovative technology with competitors as part of its commitment to transform one of the most widely used forms of plastic packaging that up until now could not be recycled.

Kraton developed and launched the CirKular+TM product line to support the plastics industry’s commitment to sustainability and circularity through reuse, reduce, and recycling. CirKular+ enables plastics upcycling & circular economy solutions, facilitating compatibilization and performance enhancement of versatile post-consumer (PCR) and post-industrial (PIR) plastic waste streams in various applications.

CirKular+ additives are recyclable and support design for recyclability utilizing a polyolefin-based approach. At dosage as low as 1%, CirKular+ maximizes the recycled content up to 99% and enhances PCR performance without trade-offs to functionality or aesthetics of the end product. Based on precise styrenic block copolymer chemistry, it enables the diversion of mixed plastic waste from landfills and their reuse in mechanical recycling processes.

The CirKular+ product line includes Performance Enhancement Series and Compatibilization Series. At 3-5% loading, CirKular+ improves the mechanical performance of polyolefinic PCR and PIR up to 500% while increasing durability with minimal loss in stiffness. CirKular+ also expands the application range to cover incompatible materials such as polypropylene/polyamide, polyolefin/PET, and polyamide/PET blends, delivering superior performance even after up to five reprocessing cycles equivalent to mechanical recycling. CirKular+ has received APR critical recyclability guidance for HDPE bottles with additional certifications expected. This innovative technology enables the transition to a circular economy, enabling more effective uses of resources and energy while reducing GHG emissions, ensuring a healthy climate.

As a company, we have committed to ensure all of our packaging will be recyclable or reusable by 2030. An important part of making this vision a reality has been via the recent introduction of fully recyclable mono material pouches for our single unit dose laundry business in Europe.

Having completed external industrial sort and standard recyclability evaluation lab testing, RecyClass concluded our newest laundry pouch package is fully compatible with the existing European collect-, sort- and recycling streams.

The delivery of this initiative required our teams to overcome various technical challenges whilst transforming previous standard non-recyclable PET/PE film to a recyclable alternative. These challenges include:

• Matching child safety with “recyclable”: Our development team was able to improve the bag closure design based on initial lab recyclability testing, triggering the development of a new child impeding mono material zipper prior launch, eliminating any PP contamination into the film recycling stream.

• Matching manufacturability with “recyclable”: final film was developed in a way to be able to run on our current packing lines. Breaking the paradigm, the new recyclable laundry pouches run at a better line performance vs. previous non- recyclable bags.

All in One Pods Laundry Pouches have been fully rolled out across Europe since JFM 2021, delivering a more sustainable package at a higher consumer acceptance w/o compromising on P&G’s quality promise and child safety commitment.

Recently Guala Dispensing developed TS6, their new improved and high-performing trigger sprayer platform exclusively for Reckitt. Key objective of the project was to improve the sustainability by reducing the number of components, reducing overall weight and replacing the POM component, achieving improved performance at the same time. The new trigger sprayer should also be globally harmonised and replace current trigger platforms.

The new platform is based on “Real Pre-Compression” technology, patented by Guala, which offers significant advantages over current trigger sprayers. Consumer tests of the new trigger provided excellent results across different geographies it was tested. In terms of sustainability we significantly reduced the number of components. Lightweighting was very successful with a 6 to 13% weight reduction vs. current trigger sprayer benchmark. Total annual weight saving is minimum 570 tonnes of plastic. We also successfully replaced POM (which creates issues in recycling) component by a PP component, resulting in the new trigger being improved for recyclability. All TS6 trigger components are made from polyolefins and contain no metal or glass parts.

With regards to harmonization we could make a huge leap change. Globally Reckitt is moved from 33 technical variants of trigger sprayers to 3 and we are reducing the number of color variations from 42 to 6. White (also from recyclability point of view) being the lead version.

Magnum Eco is made with recycled household plastic waste and represents a major breakthrough in the luggage industry. This new suitcase collection is the fruit of several years of research and development and close collaboration with Quality Circular Polymers (QCP), the recycling joint venture of SUEZ and LyondellBasell.

The technology innovation is focused on 3 pillars: an exceptional performance in terms of stiffness & impact strength, a beautiful color development & a unique collaboration along the value chain.

Lightweight is one of the main drivers in the luggage industry. The new MAGNUM ECO was not only going to be the lightest suitcase in its category, Samsonite also wanted to use post-consumer recycled PP for the shells without making any compromises in terms of quality, performance & durability.

The recycled PP grade offers a unique balance in terms of flow, rigidity/stiffness & impact resistance leading to thin lightweight suitcase shells with an exceptional performance. The expertise of LyondellBasell & SUEZ also allowed to find a solution for the disturbing smell connected to the recycled plastic.  

The MAGNUM ECO suitcase demonstrates a nice color palette, going from very light colors to darker colors, which was another challenge to overcome as the base material is grey.

It would never have been possible to realize such a sustainable material innovation & luggage innovation without the close and unique collaboration with all parties (SUEZ, QCP, LyondellBasell & Samsonite) over the complete value chain.