Up and Recycling
Our goal: To close the loop!
Our goal: To close the loop!
Plastic is wreaking havoc on the environment. In many areas of our life, however, it is a valuable product if it is used sensibly – for example in the health sector. This is exactly how we should see and treat it: as a valuable resource that must be returned to the cycle. Plastic in the environment is lost in the cycle, value is lost and causes additional damage to the environment.
We will convert this valuable material into a circular economy and prevent damage to the environment.
In order to build up a sustainable circular economy in the long term, too, we have to tackle the problem at its roots and redefine our handling of plastic:
By significantly reducing our consumption and eliminating plastic products where they are not needed. By reusing whenever possible. By putting recycling and functionality before appearance when designing our products, both for conventional plastics and for bioplastics and alternatives. We have to ensure that no more plastic gets into the environment in an uncontrolled manner and if it does, we have to bring it back and recycle it.
Our current system has no future for the environment, humanity or our economy. We use our finite resources, develop a product and generate waste . This is known as the linear economy.
A circular economy aims to look beyond the current waste management and redefine growth and sustainable .
Through cooperation with companies, associations and research institutes, we want to promote the idea of an ecological circular economy globally and use the plastic waste we collect as a valuable resource.
This requires the cooperation of all actors in the value chain – the more people participate, the faster we will achieve our goal.
After we have taken the plastic waste out of the water and transported it to land, there is one more important step that needs to be taken: sorting. Only the separation of the many mixed types of plastic in the waste enables high-quality recycling. Together with our partners, the plastic waste is sorted on land before it begins its way into a second life.
Material recycling describes the simplest recycling option. As far as possible, pure thermoplastic plastic waste (PE, PET, etc.) is cleaned and z. B. crushed into small pellets. By subsequent melting, the plastics can be brought into any shape again. The process is ecologically advantageous because the polymer structure is retained.
Material recycling is z. B. is not possible with heavily soiled and thermosetting plastics and complex material composites. An alternative is raw material recycling, in which the plastics are broken down into their basic building blocks through (thermo) chemical processes. These must be processed and returned to production or other recycling.
Biotechnological upcycling offers an innovative way of bringing plastics back into the cycle. In the future, plastic waste can not only be recycled, but even upcycled. Using high-tech enzymes and bacterial cultures, old petroleum-based plastics are converted into new, value-adding biomaterials such as biodegradable plastics.
Through recycling and upcycling, we can give today’s materials another, ideally higher quality, life. This not only helps the environment, but also strengthens the economy – worldwide. Plastic can be a useful product in different areas of life. A valuable material for which we have to build a functioning value chain so that it is seen and used as such. Wherever our cleanup technologies are used, we work with local partners to return the recyclable material to the economy.
Gemeinsam mit unseren Partnern arbeiten wir an noch effizienteren und umweltfreundlicheren Verwertungsmöglichkeiten.
Wir sind Partner im EU Horizon 2020 Projekt MIX-UP (mixed plastics biodegradation and upcycling using microbial communities). Das Konsortium umfasst 14 Partner aus Europa und China. Ziel des Projekts ist eine nachhaltige, biotechnologische Umwandlung von unsortierten, gemischten Kunststoffen in ökologische, wertschöpfende Biomaterialien unter Verwendung hochtechnisierter Enzymgemische und gemischter mikrobieller Gemeinschaften.
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