Successful Plastics Recycling Innovations
Winners of Plastics Recycling Awards Europe Announced
The winners of the first Plastics Recycling Awards Europe were announced on 25th April at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe. The free-to-attend exhibition and conference designed for plastics recycling professionals held at the RAI Amsterdam in The Netherlands is organized by Crain Communications and Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE).
“The Plastics Recycling Awards Europe winners have each successfully demonstrated how passion, innovation, ingenuity and determination can achieve practical, commercial and successful advances in plastics recycling,” said Ton Emans, awards judge and President of Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE). “The very high standard and number of entries we received for each category is testament to the growing range of consumer and industrial applications in which recycled plastics and recycling technology are being used. They are making a huge contribution towards conserving resources, reducing CO2 and sustaining the circular economy.”
The distinguished panel of judges for the new awards included: Simona Bonafè, member of the European Parliament, Cyrill Gutsch, founder of campaigning organisation Parley for the Oceans, design strategist and co-founder of Form Us With Love, Jonas Pettersson, Richard C. Thompson, Professor of Marine Biology at Plymouth University, and marine debris specialist, Rune Thoralfsson, owner and director of Norfolier GreenTec, Ton Emans President of Plastics Recyclers Europe and Director Group Recycling in CeDO, and Karen Laird, Editor of Plastics News Europe.
Five Award Winners
Plastics Recycling Ambassador of the Year
Willemijn Peeters, Ocean Ambassador and Founder of Searious Business
“Willemijn Peeters, has put the full force of her personality and very considerable capabilities into establishing an initiative to prevent plastics from ending up in the environment, by helping businesses implement more sustainable ways of producing and distributing goods,” said Ton Emans. “She has done this by herself, not as part of a larger organisation. That takes courage, conviction and commitment, which she has shown and which is why she was unanimously voted ambassador of the year.”
Building & Construction Product
Beaulex rainwater buffers, DS Smith Plastics
The Beaulex balls replace the use of old tyres for rainwater buffering systems under hardened surfaces and can easily be dug up and recycled again. They are clean and efficient in use. “The product is an innovative, sustainable solution for better rainwater management and an application for recycled plastics we had not seen before,” said fellow judge Karen Laird, editor of Plastics News Europe.
Recycled Plastic Consumer Lifestyle Product of the Year
Grundig vacuum cleaner made from WEEE recycled plastics, Arçelik A.Ş
The Grundig vacuum cleaner is a highly commendable initiative from Arçelik A.Ş., a household appliances manufacturer. Used appliances collected from customers are delivered back to Arçelik‘s two licensed Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) recycling facilities, where they are disassembled for sustainable recycling and eventually used in manufacturing of new products. “The wonderful thing about this vacuum cleaner is that it looks like any other: shiny and functional, having the same properties as any other product made out of virgin plastics,” explained Ton Emans. “This ultimately is exactly how it should be: customers buy it because it cleans the house, not necessarily because they want to demonstrate how green they are by buying recycled.”
Recycled Plastic Packaging Product
Systalen Primus HDPE regranulates, Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH
The Systalen Primus HDPE is an example of high-quality bottle made from recycled HDPE material that looks as if it is made from virgin material. “This used only to be possible using PET,” explained Karen Laird. “The recycled Systalen Primus HDPE bottle has been used to package Emsal Parkett cleaning agent since 2016, and Emsal Vinyl since 2017. This is a winner because it is a real advance that has been successfully implemented.”
Technology Innovation in Plastics Recycling
BarrierPack Recyclable, functional and recyclable PE-based laminate packaging, Mondi
It has long been impossible to recycle barrier packaging, because of the different layers used to create the necessary barrier. Mondi has developed a PE-based BarrierPack Recyclable sustainable flexible packaging material that is fully recyclable and still offering exceptional mechanical properties. “This is an extremely important step forwards in the development of barrier packaging materials,” said Karen Laird, “which is why they won.”
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