back to top
My wish lists
Save your wish list
If you want to add more content to your wish list, simply log in. If you do not have a user account, please register for the Hanser Customer Center.

» Do you already have a user account? Please log in here.
» Don't have a user account yet? Please register here.
Your wish lists
If you want to use your wish list during your next visit, simply log in. If you do not have a user account, please register for the Hanser Customer Center.
» Do you already have a user account? Please log in here.
» Don't have a user account yet? Please register here.

« Back

Your advantages at a glance

  • One login for all Hanser portals
  • Individual home page for faster access to preferred content
  • Exclusive access to selected content
  • Personal wish lists on all portals
  • Central management of your personal information and newsletter subscriptions

Register now
Deutsch
Bookmark Bookmarked
Kunststoffe international 2018/12

Paying Attention to Resources Everywhere

Editorial

Dr. Karlhorst Klotz (© Hanser/Zett)

Dr. Karlhorst Klotz (© Hanser/Zett)

Things are getting serious as we approach the new year. That is when the new packaging law comes into force. Among other things, it will govern the closed-loop recycling of beverage packaging. Thanks to the deposit system, non-return PET bottles are now recycled at a rate of 97 percent here in Germany. But even here, two thirds of the recovered material still ends up in film or textiles. Retail drink bottles currently contain almost three quarters virgin material on average. Members of the German RAL Quality Association have undertaken to halve this amount by 2022 – at least for all bottles that the association permits to bear its quality mark – i. e. all those containing at least 25 percent recyclate.

Higher amounts of rPET, even 100 percent in the case of bottles for still water, are already approved by the European Food Safety Authority EFSA. A high proportion of recyclate can improve the life cycle assessment of the products, though it doesn’t reduce costs - on the contrary. Retailers and consumers therefore play a key role in the question of how quickly the amount of bottle-to-bottle recycling can be increased. Though the 100 percent mark is a worthy target for individual products whose environmental advantage can be marketed, that does not necessarily apply for the entire volume stream, since the material cannot be recycled indefinitely without a loss of quality.

However, costs and image are not the only things that count: the fact that the consequences of global warming, however remote, can have a direct impact on production, and therefore on business, is shown by the production shutdown at BASF at the end of November as a result of the low water level in the Rhine. Hence, we must continue to conserve resources – whether in the material or carbon footprint. This is a good resolution for the New Year, and the Kunststoffe team and Carl Hanser Verlag wish you every happiness after relaxing holidays!

Dr. Karlhorst Klotz
karlhorst.klotz <AT> hanser.de

International Polymer Processing

International Polymer Processing, the journal of the Polymer Processing Society, is a discussion forum for the world-wide community of engineers and scientists in the field of polymer processing.

The journal covers research and industrial application in the very specific areas of designing polymer products, processes, processing machinery and equipment.


International Polymer Processing


Top 20 Article-Downloads

Help

If there are any questions concerning your subscription or online access, please contact:
abo-service@hanser.de