To avoid plastic waste, it makes sense to reuse plastic. However, this is not easy. A Freudenberg team in the USA has found a smart and sustainable solution to this problem. Recycled polypropylene beads are used to make red product parts for the Vileda brand. The recipe is catching on worldwide.
Plastic is a bit like the black sheep of the family: it’s part of everyday life, but you don’t want to be seen with it. It is widely used around the house because it is versatile, unbreakable and lightweight. But plastic waste is difficult to biodegrade and pollutes the oceans. This has led to consequences. Since the beginning of July 2021, cotton swabs, disposable tableware and other disposable plastic products have been banned in Germany and all other EU member states. This is stipulated by an EU directive from 2019. “Globally, plastics account for 85 percent of waste on beaches,” is how the European Parliament justified the ban.
Even if plastic waste does not end up being dumped in the environment, it remains a source of criticism. Because even in recycling strongholds like Germany, more than half of all discarded plastic still ends up in waste incineration plants. This is mainly because recycling plastic is much harder than glass or paper. After all, not all plastics are the same. There are many different types and only a few can be mixed. Otherwise, the newly recovered material would be of inferior quality.