Recycling plastics is sensible but complicated. A Freudenberg team in the US has managed to use recycled polypropylene beads to make red product parts for the Vileda brand. The recipe may soon make its way around the world.
Plastic is the black sheep among materials. It is just part of normal life, but nobody really wants to talk about it. “Around the world, plastics make up 85 percent of all the litter that washes up on beaches,” explained the European Parliament, justifying a recent ban on cotton swabs, disposable plates and other disposable plastic products. By 2021, the ban will be in place in all member countries.
Criticism is justified even when plastic waste does not land in the environment. A recycling leader like Germany still sends more than half of all its plastic waste to an incinerator. This is primarily because recycling plastics is harder than glass or paper. After all, plastic is not simply plastic. It comes in many different varieties and very few can be mixed. If they are mixed, the result is lower quality material.