highlights / 10.10.2019

Our plastic packaging waste is preserved for centuries and pollutes the oceans, unless it is burned. Since the presentation of the Ellen McArthur Foundation at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018, no one seriously denies this and has triggered disruptive changes. What was once dismissed as an issue for tree huggers is developing into innovative business models in many industries....

recycling / 02.03.2018

Part 1 of series: Eco-design for plastic packaging and the errors that can be avoided We associate the words “natural” or, at the very least, “environmentally friendly” with the term “organic”. And this does not just apply to food but also to packaging. Yet, there are surprises awaiting even there. In the case of yoghurt, for example. Of course, it is not just in health food stores but also in supermarkets where you will find pots of delicious yoghurt with inciting packaging designed to draw attention to a healthy...

Circular Economy / 02.03.2018

“We can still play here if we do it right”, said Jyrki Katianen, Vice-President of the European Commission, in his speech to around 600 stakeholders on European Industry Day. On 22 February 2018, in Brussels, he referred to the digital race, which Europe lost to the USA long ago with the former now having to confront competition from China. Europe must not lose this contest. However: China is, for example, investing 150 billion euros by 2030 in projects on artificial intelligence. Even Saudi Arabia has recently decided to...

Circular Economy / 26.02.2018

500 managers, plant operators and manufacturers of waste incineration systems, discussed the demise of their own sector at the Waste Management and Energy Conference in Berlin on 29 January 2018. Because Zero Waste and a functioning circular economy actually mean the end of waste incineration. Of course, this is not an option for the sector. Which line of business is undermining itself? Prof Michael Braungart therefore presented a second vision, according to which waste, which is piling up to mountainous heights all over the world, like electronic waste in...