Nature as role model: our strategy for plastics

Nature should be a role model to all of us, it has developed solutions with virtually unbeatable „intelligence”. Whatever nature has developed is utilized and recovered – there is no such thing as waste. In our industrialized world we follow this closed cycle only to a limited extent. Instead, we are reducing the finite resources that have been generated over millions of years in the earth, and face increasing pollution and medium-term resource shortages.

Our contribution to a circular economy

Plastics have become an indispensable part of our lives, and although they are omnipresent and used in a variety of ways and on a daily basis, they currently do not enjoy a good reputation. Plastic is made from finite fossil resources and is often thrown away as packaging after a single use. However, when the life cycle of our plastic products is modeled on the closed cycle of nature, we conserve resources and recover valuable materials from supposed waste. To close this loop, it is essential that plastics are produced from renewable resources, are properly disposed of after use and are returned to the raw material circle via recycling.

That is why at FKuR we develop innovative plastics that both conserve resources and reduce the environmental impact. Together with our customers, we work on solutions to design plastic products that meet the requirements of the modern circular economy and are suitable for either mechanical or organic recycling:

Plastics from renewable raw materials can be collected together with petroleum-based plastics via established recycling systems. The recyclate is then returned to the material cycle as often as possible until the products made hereof have ultimately to be used for energy recovery. In this way, energy can be gained from biobased plastics that do not produce any additional harmful CO2 - a closed CO2 cycle, in line with nature's model.

Biodegradable plastics can be organically recycled. This is particularly efficient when plastic products are contaminated with food. Simple and hygienic handling of biowaste using compostable bags for example, ensures that less valuable waste is disposed of via the residual waste bin. As a result, the amount of biowaste collected separately and thus the amount of valuable compost can be increased. This serves as a fertilizer, for example for those crops that are at the beginning of this cycle.

You can find our press release on the topic Circular Economy and Sustainability here.

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